I finally had the opportunity to see Silver Linings Playbook (from 2012, lol), and I have to say—wow. It was the best bipolar disorder themed movie that I have seen yet. I wanted to watch it months ago, but the viewing had a stipulation on it such that I would have to sign up for yet another premium channel from my cable provider. The bill is already high enough. Tonight I saw that it was on for an unstipulated viewing, and I stayed up late to watch it. Bradley Cooper is one of my favorite actors, and I’ve been a lifelong DeNiro fan, as well.
The story was a bout a bipolar man trying to get his life (and wife) back together after spending eight months at the funny farm. He was very non-compliant in the beginning. He did not want to take his meds. He did not want to go to therapy. He believed he was right when he attacked the man he attacked, etc. He seemed to have delusions and auditory hallucinations when he was full-blown manic and un-medicated.
In the midst of getting his life together and trying win this wife (who had a restraining order on him) back, he met another woman of the crazy persuasion. She never stated her illness, but her symptoms also pointed to bipolar disorder. They did discuss various meds in the movie. I laughed because I’ve taken them all myself, except for lithium. Sounds too metallic for me.
The woman had lost her husband to a tragic accident, and she had a depressed episode and then a manic one shortly thereafter. She had some hypersexual escapades and so forth. Anyway, I liked the chemistry between the two bipolar individuals. They definitely had their challenges, but they also had a special understanding with each other that some “normal” people do not have with bipolar people.
They got into many fights over who was crazier. That happens a lot among mentally ill people. Unipolar depressives sometimes think they are better than bipolars. Bipolars and schizophrenics snarl at each other. Even people with the same illness get snooty when they don’t exhibit the same symptoms as other people. I’ve been guilty of it myself, and I was very wrong when I did that.
This movie gave some realistic depictions of “the illness.” It did not sugarcoat the disorder one bit. It did allow the viewers to see the artistic and romantic sides of bipolar people, however. It showed the viewers that bipolar people can have beautiful, meaningful relationships.
Quite a few other illnesses were in the movie, as well. I am certain that Robert DeNiro’s character had OCD or some such. The main character’s married male friend was a closet loon, as well. Chris Tucker’s character had some issues, etc. I can always recognize folks with illnesses.
The movie was superb, and everyone’s acting was spectacular. I liked the ending very much. One could definitely obtain a large amount of education on bipolar disorder by watching this movie.
Now, I am going to bed.