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Old 21-08-2013, 20:34
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I watched Jacob's Ladder, a film I had not seen for years. Just to summarize it is about a Vietnam veteran who experiences post war result in him having a series of flashbacks and he begins to lose his sense of reality. i thought it was quite an underrated film and presented an engaging perspective on the effects of war and how it impacts someone's psychological state of mind

What films do you think were good or interesting that were either centered or included the theme mental health? Or what films were intriguing and made you think about the psychological perspectives within their narrative?
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Old 21-08-2013, 21:06
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Too many, but those below come to mind immediately:

Inside Moves (addresses the social and psychological aspects of disabilities as well)
Harvey
Mad Detective (HK)
An Angel at My Table
Matchstick Men
The Machinist
The Three Faces of Eve
The Lookout (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
The Flying Scotsman (it's a biopic of champion cyclist Graeme Obree, but has an interesting look at mental health issues in historical context)
A Tale of Two Sisters
Identity
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Old 21-08-2013, 21:09
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The Aviator
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Girl, Interrupted
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Old 21-08-2013, 21:51
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Fight Club is a bit of a hoot
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Old 21-08-2013, 21:52
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Old 21-08-2013, 22:05
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Melancholia (2011) - Kirstin Dunst does apocalyptical depression
The Master (2012) - Joaquim Phoenix leaves Navy with PTSD and joins a cult
Antichrist (2009) - maternal guilt and depression, and marital hubris
Martha, Marcy May, Marlene (2011) - needy personality suffers psychologically after escaping a rural patriarchal cult
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Old 21-08-2013, 23:51
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Apocalypse Now is about the psychological impact of the Vietnam war. Even if it's not what you're looking for it's still a brilliant film.
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Old 22-08-2013, 02:51
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I thought Peter Mullan was excellent in Tyrannosaur.
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Old 22-08-2013, 05:15
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The Beaver.
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Old 22-08-2013, 14:56
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The Snake Pit.
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Old 22-08-2013, 15:18
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Old 22-08-2013, 15:50
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Silver Linings Playbook from recent memory.
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Old 22-08-2013, 16:11
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Being There
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What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
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Old 22-08-2013, 16:12
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Silver Linings Playbook from recent memory.
I think Silver Linings Playbook was a bit silly, if anybody normal behaved in the way Pat Jr.'s psychiatrist did, they'd be disciplined immediately
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Old 22-08-2013, 16:17
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Shine

is a very good film that highlights the breakdown and institutionalising of the musician, David Helfgott.

It is also heartbreaking to watch.

Geoffrey Rush is brilliant as Helfgott, and fully deserved his Oscar.
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Old 22-08-2013, 18:38
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I watched Jacob's Ladder, a film I had not seen for years. Just to summarize it is about a Vietnam veteran who experiences post war result in him having a series of flashbacks and he begins to lose his sense of reality. i thought it was quite an underrated film and presented an engaging perspective on the effects of war and how it impacts someone's psychological state of mind

What films do you think were good or interesting that were either centered or included the theme mental health? Or what films were intriguing and made you think about the psychological perspectives within their narrative?
Wasn't Jacob's Ladder meant to depict someone's experience of Limbo? It's an excellent film, though. One I might watch again later, actually.
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Old 22-08-2013, 18:39
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Old 22-08-2013, 18:49
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Being There
Psycho
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
The Lost Weekend
Sunset Boulevard
Taxi Driver
Superb list. Would have been nice if you'd said a little about them, though. A nice mixture, too, ranging from deluded former film stars, an alcoholic, a mother fixated voyeuristic murderer, and a stalker.
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Old 22-08-2013, 20:30
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American Psycho - though not sure how insightful an approach towards mental health it is
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Old 22-08-2013, 23:44
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Wasn't Jacob's Ladder meant to depict someone's experience of Limbo? It's an excellent film, though. One I might watch again later, actually.
Yes it is, but if you watch it the character loses sense of reality and starts becoming paranoid about the world about him. There is also that scene where he meets up with a fellow war veteran and he says to Jacob 'what happened to us all out there.' Implying, what did Vietnam turn us all into. It taps into the drugs issue and the experimentation that occurred during that war.
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Old 23-08-2013, 00:24
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Old 23-08-2013, 00:39
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Yes it is, but if you watch it the character loses sense of reality and starts becoming paranoid about the world about him. There is also that scene where he meets up with a fellow war veteran and he says to Jacob 'what happened to us all out there.' Implying, what did Vietnam turn us all into. It taps into the drugs issue and the experimentation that occurred during that war.
That's a great and very memorable scene. The actor who plays that veteran (don't know his name) often plays little cameos here and there (turned up in The Walking Dead recently) and is always good.
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Old 23-08-2013, 07:28
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Old 23-08-2013, 11:01
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Rain Man - Dustin Hoffman deservedly won an Oscar for his portrayal of autistic Raymond Babbitt, and Tom Cruise gave arguably his best acting performance as his brother.
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Old 23-08-2013, 11:36
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...presented an engaging perspective on the effects of war and how it impacts someone's psychological state of mind.
The Deer Hunter
Coming Home

Also, two notables regarding mental health:

The Madness of King George
Repulsion
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