In February 2018 we chose a movie for you:
“Dead Poets Society”
Written by: Tom Schulman
Directed by: Peter Weir
Starring: Robin Williams
Running time: 128’
Plot: The movie talks about a group of students attending the high school, the “Welton Academy” , an all-male, elite school. The teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) uses a quite particular teaching method: he encourages his students to make their lives extraordinary (“carpe diem”). One of these students, Neil, discovers his love for acting and gets the role in a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; anyway his father does not agree with his decisions. Professor Keating helps him to realize his potential becoming really important in Neil’s life. The night of the performance Neil’s father goes to see him performing his role on the stage, but then he obliges his son to be enrolled in a military academy. After this talk with his father, Neil eventually commits suicide.
We choose this movie because in this period many Tv Series talk about suicide between teenager population (we talk about this topic in our section Something to talk about in these suggestions: “TV Series & Suicide: The End Of The F****ing World & 13 Reasons Why“; “Echoes of the TV series “13 reasons why” release: an ongoing scientific debate“), and this about 20 years old movie present us an important topic of how can be difficult to relate with young’s problems.
In January 2018 we chose a movie for you:
“It’s Kind of a funny story”
Written and directed by: Anna Boden Ryan Fleck
Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Zoë Kravitz, Zach Galifianakis.
Running time: 101 min
Plot: The film focuses on the story of Craig Gilner, a 16-year-old boy that, after contemplating suicide, decides to go to the hospital to seek help. Here Dr. Mahmoud advises Craig one-week stay in the hospital’s psychiatric ward. Craig meets psychiatric patients, creates new relationships, and strengthens his resources and skills to face difficulties. After discharge from the hospital, Craig has changed his outlook on life.
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In November 2017 we chose a movie for you:
“The Sea of Trees”
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Written by: Chris Sparling
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts
Running time: 106 min
Plot: Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) is an American man who decides to end his life after his wife’s death (Naomi Watts), who was an alcoholic. Arthur goes to the Aokigahara forest, a famous suicide hotspot at the base of Mount Fuji, in Japan. In the forest he encounters a Japanese man, Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), who is there for Arthur’s same purpose. Together, they begin a journey of self-reflection and mutual help.
We propose this movie because it allows reflection about hotspots and implications for suicide prevention. For further information about hotspots, you can read also this month scientific suggestion at this link.
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In October 2017 we chose a movie for you:
“For One More Hour with You”
Directed by: Alina Marazzi
Running time: 55 min
Plot: For One More Hour with You (“Un’ora sola ti vorrei”) is a documentary entirely focused on the life of the mother of the Director Alina Marazzi, Luisa (Liseli) Marazzi Hoepli, born in 1938 and dead for suicide in 1972, at 33, when Alina was 7. The documentary is Alina’s attempt to collect the pieces of her mother’s life. It is not possible to convey here the emotional patchwork of melodies (the film’s title is the one of an old Italian love song), home movies, and recordings that Alina selected to recreate pictures of her mother. Alina explains, presenting this documentary, that it is a gift to her mother, and to all children and parents.
We choose this movie because it well describes both Liseli’s psychache (borrowing the neologism coined by Shneidman in 1993) and the experience of a suicide survivor. The movie could represent an extraordinary example of how it is possible to survive to such a dramatic personal experience, the suicide of a mother, and to continue the elaboration of this loss with the help of the creative work.
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Thanks to Raffaella Calati, MD, PHD
In September 2017 we chose 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
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).
In August 2017 we chose a movie for you:
Directed by: Robert Redford
Based on: “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest published in 1976
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timoty Hutton
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.
In July 2017 we chose a movie for you:
Directed by: James Mangold
Based on: “Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen
Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Jared Leto, Whoopy Goldberg
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.
In June 2017 we chose a movie for you:
“Death Of a Salesman”
Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Based on: “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang
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.