Films related with mental illnesses

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Girl, interrupted (Left: Winona Ryder; right: Angelina Jolie)

If you are a pyschological films fan, this post is for you! (and if you are not it doesn’t matter because you’ll like them too)

  • An angel at my table (1990) – DEPRESSION

This film is the adaptation of the autobiography of the writer Janet Frame. Born into a family of poor and very numerous, since very small felt different from other children. Although he studied for master, an abnormal person was considered and, therefore, she was imprisoned in an institution for the mentally ill for eight years. It achieved success when he began to write books.

⇒ Trailer

  • As good as it gets (1997) – OCD

Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson), an obsessive and manic writer, is one of the most unpleasant and ungrateful beings one may have as a neighbor in New York. He is a man who suffers from an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Among his routines is to eat every day in a cafeteria, where Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a waitress and single mother serves him. On the other hand Simon Nye (Greg Kinnear), a gay artist, lives in the same building as Melvin, and constantly suffers his homophobia. Suddenly, one day, Melvin has to take care of a small dog but he hates animals. The presence in his life of the animal will soften your heart.

⇒ Trailer

  • Bad timing (1980) – SUICIDE, SEXUAL OBSESSION

Alex (Art Garfunkel) is a psychoanalyst and American University Professor in Vienna. There he meets and falls in love with Milena (Theresa Russell), a beautiful young woman, also American, with whom he begins a passionate relationship. Milena does not want to feel tied to one man, but his infidelities are increasing while Alex grows a possessive sense by the young. Months later, at the hospital, Milena is torn between life and death by an overdose of barbiturates. The inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) asks Alex to find out if it is a suicide attempt or something more sinister…


  • Benny and Joon (1993) – SCHIZOPHRENIA

Since the death of their parents, the conduct of Joon (Masterson), a sensitive and delicate, girl is a unbalanced person. Why, his brother Benny (Aidan Quinn) protects and provides for very strict mode. As a result of a crazy bet in a game of Poker, Benny has to accept that Sam (Depp), a quirky, lonely boy who has a knack for the pantomime, go to live with them. Joon and Sam are immediately sympathetic and end up falling in love.


  • A clockwork orange (1971) – PERSONALITY DISORDER

Britain, in the indefinite future. Alex (Malcolm McDowell) is a very aggressive young man who has two passions: the unbridled violence and Beethoven. The gang leader of the drugs, which give free rein to their instincts, is more savage beating up, raping and terrorizing the population. When the escalation of terror comes to murder, Alex is arrested and undergoes an innovative experience of re-education that aims to drastically override any hint of antisocial behavior voluntarily in prison.


  • Girl, interrupted (1999) – BORDERLINE

Year 1967. Susanna Kaysen, like most girls of her age, feels confused, insecure and struggling to understand the world that surrounds it. After diagnosed with a personality disorder, his psychiatrist decides to enter it into the Claymoore Hospital. There, Susanna meets Lisa, Polly, Georgina, a group of girls maladjusted that strikes up a close friendship and that, moreover, show him the way to find herself and Janet.


  • The house of yes (1997) – PSICOSIS

When Lesly decides to meet the family of her boyfriend and share with them table and tablecloth, which was going to be a cheerful evening becomes a wild night and unforeseeable consequences. A serving of seasoned with spicy and dark secrets surprises more complicate digestion.


  • One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (1975) – THERAPY, SUICIDE

Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a man convicted of assault, and a free spirit that live upstream, is detained in a psychiatric hospital. The uncompromising discipline of the Center emphasizes its contagious tendency to disorder, that will end up triggering a war between the patients and the staff of the clinic with severe and cold nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) at the head. The fate of each patient in the Pavilion is at stake.


  • Nell (1994) – AUTISM

Nell (Jodie Foster) is a young woman living alone and isolated in a cabin, in the middle of a forest. After the death of her mother, she has not had any contact with the rest of the world. Two scientists discover it and start studying it, trying to decipher their strange language. His relationship with this extraordinary human being will be very fruitful for them.


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