Warning: This post contains spoilers and discussions on depression and suicide that could cause triggers.
In today’s confusing world, validation and representation are crucial resources for something as influential as films.
For people living with mental illnesses, however, identification in movies is even more significant. Not only do they shape the world’s culture, they also do good in spreading awareness that contributes to greater social awareness.
Listed below are some of the movies that have achieved the feat of understanding the complexity of mental health:
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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Suffice to say, Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is a young man carrying tons of responsibility. The duty of taking care of his overweight mother (Darlene Cates) and mentally challenged brother Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio) has shaken his small-town life in ways he never expected.
Marking the breakout stardom of 19-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio, this What’s Eating Gilbert Grape makes for a good 90s classic.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
In the popular culture, Adam Sandler has always been the butt of filmmaking jokes. His starring role in the American comedy-drama called Punch-Drunk Love, however, begs to differ. Playing the role of psychologically troubled Barry Egan, the movie is not only a run on love, it’s also a narrative on anxiety and paranoia.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Little Miss Sunshine is what happens when a dysfunctional family goes on a road trip. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the 2006 dark comedy features the life and misadventures of the Hoover family. In a subtle and realistic manner, the film delicately touched the subject of suicide and depression.
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