Movie of the Month (September 2017)

In September 2017 we choose a movie for you:

“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Based on: “Dracula” by Bram Stoker

Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves
Year: 1992
Running time: 122 min
Awards: 3 Academy Awards won (best costume design, best sound editing, best makeup)

Plot:  in 1462 Vlad Dracula returns from a victory against the Turks and finds that his wife, Elisabeta, has committed suicide after receiving a false report of his death. Enraged that his wife is now damned for committing suicide, Dracula desecrates his chapel and renounces God, declaring that he will rise from the grave to avenge Elisabeta with all the powers of darkness. In a fit of rage, he stabs the chapel’s stone cross with his sword and drinks the blood that pours out of it.

The movie further develop in 1897 and the entire plot focuses on an intense love story that trascends time, life and death, whose main character is a suicide loss survivor
(to read more about suicide loss survivors, click here).


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Movie of the Month (August 2017)

In August 2017 we choose a movie for you:

“Ordinary People”

Directed by: Robert Redford

Based on: “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest published in 1976

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timoty Hutton
Year: 1980
Running time: 124 min
Awards: 6 Academy Awards Nominee and 4 Academy Awards won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Male Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay.

Plot: Ordinary People is an American drama which narrates about the Jarrets, an upper- middle-class family who lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, strained by the death of the oldest teenaged son Buck, who died in a boat accident. The story concerns the relationship intercurring between the three other members of the family: Conrad, the younger son, who attempted suicide after the death of his brother; Beth, a mother and woman focused on success in the social norm of appearance and approval by others; and Conrad, father and husband experiencing his greif trying to connect with his son Conrad and understand his wife Beth.

We choose this movie because of the deep and sensitive relationship between Conrad and his psychiatrist, Dr. Berger, and how it describes the impact of a suicide act on a family that necessarily has to deal with it.


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Movie of the Month (July 2017)

In July 2017 we choose a movie for you:

“Girl, Interrupted”

Directed by: James Mangold

Based on: “Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen  

Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Jared Leto, Whoopy Goldberg
Year: 1999
Running time:  125 min
Awards:  Angelina Jolie won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe Award.

Plot: The story talks about 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder) who takes an overdose of pills with a bottle of vodka: she denies that she tried to kill herself. For this suicidal actions, she is checked into a psychiatric hospital where meets different patients. Among these we find Polly (Elisabeth Moss), Georgina (Clea DuVall) and Daisy (Brittany Murphy) but, above all, Lisa (Angelina Jolie), who is a rebellious, but charismatic girl.

We choose this movie because it talks about suicide in different kind of psychiatric patients and also because it talks about psychiatry ward life, treatment, problems and interactions between patients.

Movie of the month (June 2017)

In June 2017 we choose a movie for you:

“Death Of a Salesman”

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Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff

Based on: Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang
Year: 1985
Running time: 136 min
Awards: Golden Globe to Dustin Hoffman for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television”

Plot: The Salesman Willy Loman is in a period of crisis of his life. He’s about to lose his job, he can’t pay his bills. His sons Biff and Happy haven’t any respect for him and it seems they don’t rise up life in the best way. He ask himself what went wrong and how he can make things up to his family.

Movie of the month (May 2017)

In May 2017 we choose a movie for you:

“Sarah’s Key”

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Directed by: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Based on: Elle s’appelait Sarah, Tatiana de Rosnay
Starring:  Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot
Year: 2010
Running time: 111 min

Plot: Sarah’s Key tells the story of two people: Sarah, a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel d’Hiv Roundup in 1942, and Julia, a middle-aged woman who writes an article in a modern-days Paris. The story is about the particular remote connection between their lives in France: at the beginning of the novel, the chapters alternate between the two separate lives of Sarah and Julia, and there will be an unexpected end! 

Movie of the month (April 2017)

In April 2017 we choose a movie for you:

“The Hours”

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Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Based on: The Hours by M.Cunningham
Starring: M.Streep, J.Moore, N.Kidman
Year: 2002
Running time: 114 min
Awards:  nine Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), and a win for Nicole Kidman as Best Actress.

Plot: The plot focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by the novel Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. These are Clarissa Vaughan (Streep); Laura Brown (Moore); and Virginia Woolf (Kidman) herself in 1920s England, who is struggling with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel.

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