Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Yesterday we saw the film Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, a romantic comedy about two people who are dealing with issues of mental illness and grief who manage to overcome their pain and obsessions and develop a meaningful and healing relationship. The critics have, for the most part, loved this film and we enjoyed it as well. There is also a strong supporting cast.
Over the years Ruth and I have both addressed mental illness in our work, with clients and parishioners who are struggling to survive, let alone find "silver linings" in their lives. Many of the issues these two deal with were very familiar to us. The reckless behaviour which can erupt for those in pain. The denial which has a huge impact on the individual and the family members attempting to provide support. The strange dance with medication, which can both make mental illness more manageable but tends to flatten emotions, thereby making life seem less vibrant.
The film also explores the obsessive habits and emotional turmoil of those who are "normal' but somehow have managed to hold life together, after a fashion. Those sub-stories of the friends and family of the two main characters are intriguing.
I won't spoil the ending, but there are silver linings in this story. Is this a terrific film? Nah. Is it worth seeing? Definitely.
Have you heard about this film? Does it intrigue you, or does the notion of a movie which explores mental illness turn you off?
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