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On Film Forum experienced educators discuss the psychiatric themes depicted in films.

If you have not seen the film in question - or have done so a while back - we recommend that you watch the film before reading the article as this will give you the maximum profit. The films should all be widely available on video and/or DVD.

The opinions expressed by film reviewers are their own.

Boys Don't Cry

a review for healthcare staff

The story of the life of Brandon Teena, a transgendered teen who preferred life in a male identity until it was discovered he was born biologically female.

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Ali

a review for healthcare staff

A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

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Don Quixote

a short review for healthcare staff

A film about Don Quixote – a misunderstood knight with a misunderstood degenerative disease.

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The Bucket List

a short review for healthcare staff

A film about two middle-aged men suffering from cancer in advanced stages by Rob Reiner. Topic: Informing patients of serious diseases - giving and receiving information.

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A Beautiful Mind

a review for healthcare staff

A story of a person gifted with a genius and afflicted with schizophrenia based on the true story of John Nash, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics directed by Ron Howard

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Pollock

a review for healthcare staff

A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock by the famous film director and actor Ed Harris.

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Awakenings

a review for healthcare staff

A film from 1990 by the famous film director Penny Marshal. Topic: Parkinson's disease - symptom profile, treatment and research. By opening a man's eyes to the world he opened his own.

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Mr. Jones

a review for healthcare staff

A film from 1993 by the famous film director Mike Figgis. Topic: patient, doctor and environment. The meaning of relationships in treatment of patients with affective disorder. Everything that makes him dangerous makes her love him even more.

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When a Man Loves a Woman

The true story about the Green family

A film from 1993 by the famous film director Mike Figgis. Topic: patient, doctor and environment. The meaning of relationships in treatment of patients with affective disorder. A film from 1994 by the famous film director Luis Mandoki. Topic: alcohol dependence – clinical picture, treatment and comorbidity.

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As it is in Heaven

a review for healthcare staff

A famous conductor, forced to retire by illness, returns to the small village of his birth to become the leader of the church choir, and finally finds fulfilment in his music. Drawing on Swedish traits of keeping things within oneself and of the insular character of a small Swedish village, this film develops each of its characters well. Superbly directed, acted and sung, it brought tears to many eyes, and smiles to all.

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About a Boy

a review for healthcare staff

In this brilliant comedy/drama from 2002 Will (Hugh Grant), a cynical, immature young man, is taught how to act like a grown-up by 12-year-old Marcus, whose mother is depressed and suicidal. Dr Vagn Liest, Sweden, discusses the issues of being a child with a mentally ill parent presented in the film.

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Elling

a review for healthcare staff

Dr Gunnar Jakobsson, Sweden, discusses this funny and touching Norwegian comedy/drama - Oscar nominated in 2002 for Best Foreign Language Film - about the unusual friendship between Elling, a middle-aged man with Asperger’s syndrome, and Kjell Bjarne, a backward but highly active man, who in many ways is Elling’s opposite.

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A Song for Martin

Self-revelation on dementia - and love

Dr Michaela Grut discusses Bille August’s prize-winning film from 2002 - a tale of two strong people living in a deep and intimate loving relationship until dementia slowly and inexorably causes it to fall apart.

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The Hours

not just about Virginia Woolf

Dr Marita Swärd discusses Stephen Daldry's film from 2002 about three very different women - united over different eras by Virginia Wolfe's story Mrs Dalloway - who have all had to deal, in one way or another, with suicide in their lives.

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In The Bedroom

grief and dejection

Dr Göran Nordström discusses Todd Field's film from 2001 portraying a couple whose lives are destroyed by grief.

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The Insider

a film about truth and disillusionment

Dr Göran Nordström discusses director Michael Mann's film The Insider from 2001 starring Al Pacino as a television producer and Russell Crowe as a former tobacco industry executive giving a revealing interview about the industry after losing his job.

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The Mission

a magnificient film about guilt and reconciliation

Dr Mats Humble discusses Roland Joffé's epic 18th century story with Robert de Niro as the former slave trader and mercenary in South America struggling with guilt and depression.

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