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Fiction Meets Reality: Movies about Mental Health

Sometimes, what you see on screen does not really reflect what is happening in real life.

But the movies listed below perfectly captured the real struggle of people suffering from mental health problems.

Try watching this recommended list of movies to better understand what people with depression and anxiety is going through.


Amelie’s official theatrical poster. (Photo from google)

This French film is about the Parisian life of Amelie and her struggle in finding her place in the world. Raised by a family who did not want too many social interactions, she grew up really shy and lonely. When she turned 18, she moved out of their house and tried to find her life’s purpose. As she lives independently, she unravels a mystery about a boy who lived in the apartment she’s currently occupying and she promises herself that if this adventure would turn out really good, she’ll dedicate her life to making other people happy.

Amelie reminds us that, giving love, kindness and compassion are never a loss on a person’s part; it just makes the world a better place and every people, a better person.

The Hours

The Hours official theatrical poster. (Photo from google)

An award winning movie which touched the hearts of the public when it was released back in 2002, The Hours revolves around the story of three girls dealing with depression. The movie shows the viewers how people suffering from this illness find it difficult to seek help because they fear the judgment of the society more than anything else.


Melancholia official theatrical poster. (Photo from imdb.com

Lars von Tier, director of the film, got the idea of the story during one of his treatments for depression, wherein his therapist told him that people suffering from depression often stays calm when faced with catastrophic situations because they have been through worse.

Melancholia is the story of two sisters, one getting married and one, a depressive and how they faced the end of the world together.

It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life official theatrical poster. (Photo from amazon.com)

George Bailey just wants to be happy and help the people who need him but things do not feel right in this quest, leaving him with thoughts of killing himself and depressive episodes.

Ever since he was a child, he was so used in sacrificing his happiness and his heart’s desire just to help the people he cares about. He did not know that through this, he was leaving himself empty, making himself feel hollow and worthless so he decided to take his own life by jumping off a bridge. Good thing is, an angel sent from heaven came to the rescue and made him see flashbacks of his life which lead to him finally appreciating his worth.

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road official theatrical poster. (Photo from imdb.com)

The film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DeCaprio is about a husband and a wife struggling with their careers, tainting their relationship with cheating and distrust. Their neighbors at the Revolutionary Road thinks that their life is perfect and everything is smooth sailing when in fact, everything is falling apart. After a heated argument which led to the wife’s fleeing out of their house, she came back next morning with a decision that would change the life of her family and how their neighbors portray them.

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides theatrical poster (Photo from pinterest.com)

A 90’s film directed by Sofia Coppola tackles about how isolation from human interaction makes one feel alone and unworthy of love. The Virgin Suicides is the story of five teenage sisters who all killed themselves because of depression caused by their parents’ over-protectiveness after the loss of their eldest sister. This depicts the reality that when people isolate themselves too much from life and social interactions, one may suffer from huge consequences.

After watching these films, share it with your friends so more people would be aware of the truths surrounding mental illnesses. In that case, we might be able to live in a world where mental health patients are treated with respect and compassion.


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