By David Zou
Cinema has always been fascinated with how people think, behave, and feel. This extends beyond usual human behavior, and into the fascinating world of psychological disorders. These different emotions and behaviors, and how they manifest in interactions with others, has been explored in film throughout time.
Film allows for the portrayal of the human psyche in real, relatable situations or in wild fictional stories to accent the realities of human behavior. Some films have navigated the task of portraying psychological disorders with more intense realism and accuracy than others. The following ten films explore the reality of psychological disorders, and strive for accuracy in the characters that experience them.
Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia is deeply related to his own struggles with depression and mental illness, and these struggles are ever present in his film as he personally connects to Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the two lead female characters. This film explores the issues of depression and anxiety with intense realism in a science fiction setting.
Justine’s depression is severe, with melancholic features, and is a manifestation of the title throughout the film. Melancholic depression is a particularly severe form: characterized by an intense lack of pleasure, no reaction to positive life events, loss of appetite, and difficulties with physical movement. Her depression is seen as worsening throughout the film as, in the second half, she depends on Claire for nearly everything.
Justine no longer enjoys anything, and even positive situations like Claire making her favorite meal elicit no reaction but sadness. She even becomes practically catatonic, unable to move to take care of herself, and Claire must lift her into the bath. Von Trier shows the realities of severe depression and how difficult it is to participate in daily life when plagued by → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema