Movie of the Month (June 2018)

In June 2018 we chose a movie for you:

Girl on the Brige

Directed by: Patrice Leconte
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Vanessa Paradis
Year: 2000
Running time: 90 minutes

Plot: the movie is about Gabor and a girl named Adèle, who intends to kill herself by jumping from a bridge in Paris. Gabor intervenes to prevent her to suicide, taking interests in her. Subsequently, the movie describes their relationship during a trip around Europe: staying and working together will help both of them to develop personal resources; unexpectedly at the end, roles are inverted, and Adele will try to help Gabor in a very difficult moment.



Movie of the Month (May 2018)

In May 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller…
Year: 2012
Running time: 103 minutes

Plot:  This movie is an adaptation of an epistolary novel, written and directed by the novel’s author Stephen Chbosky. A young student, Charlie, has been suffering from clinical depression and has recently been discharged from a mental health care institution to begin his adaptation to a normal lifestyle as a young high school student.

When he starts attending school, he meets Sam and Patrick, who invite him to join several social activities. Charlie discloses to Sam that the year before his best friend committed suicide. The story is about the friendship among Sam, Patrick and Charlie, adolescence-related problems and difficulties facing topics such as bullying, friendship and love. After the release of film, Chbosky began to speak more openly concerning mental health care aspects. Producers are the same of Ghost World and Juno, which are both movies about struggling teenagers.

Stephen Chbosky, in a interview from the Guardian,
about mental health issues and why it’s important to talk about these topics:

“Before they are diagnosed, they are told these things. Even though there might not be stigma, they have been told to get over it for so long that they feel there must be something wrong with them. There is nothing wrong with them. They just have an illness that they need to treat, just like anyone would treat allergies or a cold.
It’s more complicated than that, obviously”.


Movie of the Month (April 2018)

In April 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“What Dreams May Come”

Directed by: Vincent Ward
Starring: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr, Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow
Year: 1998
Running time: 113 minutes

Plot: The story is based on Richard Matheson’s novel and the title is from a line in Hamlet’s soliloquy “To be, or not to be”. It describes the love story between the pediatrician Chris Nielsen and the artist Annie Collins, who have to face the difficulties of grief after their children death. Later in the story Chris also dies in a car crash: Annie attempts to cope with his loss but she is wracked with guilt for the deaths of Chris and their children, believing that she was responsible for it, and she commits suicide. After his death, Chris awakens in “Heaven”, and unfortunately he learns that those who commit suicide go to “Hell”; this is not the result of a judgment made against them, but rather their own tendency to create “nightmare” afterlife worlds based on their pain. So Chris decided to start a journey, not without dangers, to rescue his wife.  

“…They think of suicide as a quick route to oblivion, an escape. Far from it. It merely alters a person from one form to another. Nothing can destroy the spirit. Suicide only precipitates a darker continuation of the same conditions from which escape was sought. A condition under circumstances so much more painful”.

Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come



Movie of the Month (March 2018)

In March 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“The Sea Inside”

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Javier Bardem
Year: 2004
Running time: 125 minutes

Plot: The movie is based on the true story of Ramón Sampedro, a man from Galicia (Spain), who, since 28 years, is quadriplegic as a consequence of an accident, and is bedridden. The movie focuses on his campaign for the right to end his own life. However, the real focus is life, as a priceless gift, through the characters we meet around Ramón’s bed (his family, the three women, a quadriplegic priest), beautiful landscapes and music. Life and love, in its deepest meaning, represented by two opposites: Manuela and Julia.

We selected this movie because of the current debate concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide.
The topic is the object of current debates involving the whole clinical community, and it has also been the focus of two intersection symposia organized by the EPA-SSSP together with the Old Age Psychiatry Section in 2017 in Florence, and in 2018 in Nice (click HERE for more details). In our opinion it effectively represents the complexity of this thematic, and offers a wide perspective about it, without focusing on a single viewpoint.

“Out to sea. Out to sea, and in the weightlessness of the deep where dreams come true, two souls unite to fulfill a single wish. Your gaze and mine, over and over like an echo, repeating silently: “Deeper, and deeper” beyond everything that is flesh and blood. But I always awaken and I always wish for death, my lips forever entangled in your hair”.

Ramón Sampedro

Sources (image and contents):

Thanks to Raffaella Calati and Carla Gramaglia

Movie of the Month (February 2018)

In February 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“Dead Poets Society” 

Written by: Tom Schulman
Directed by:  Peter Weir
Starring:  Robin Williams
Year: 1989
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.

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Movie of the Month (January 2018)

In January 2018 we chose a movie for you:

“It’s Kind of a funny story”

Written and directed byAnna Boden Ryan Fleck  
Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Lauren Graham, Jim Gaffigan, Zoë Kravitz, Zach Galifianakis.
Year: 2010
Running time: 101 min

PlotThe 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.

Sources (text and image):

Movie of the Month (November 2017)

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
Year: 2015
Running time: 106 min

PlotArthur 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.

Sources (text and image):  

Wikipedia, the sea of trees:

Movie of the Month (October 2017)

In October 2017 we chose a movie for you:

“For One More Hour with You”

Directed by: Alina Marazzi

Year: 2002
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.

Sources (text and image):

Thanks to Raffaella Calati, MD, PHD  



Movie of the Month (September 2017)

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
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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