Movies to Watch
Movies that have mental health as a theme can inspire conversations, change the way you think or just entertain you for a few hours. Here are some suggestions for your movie night.
Touched with Fire
Touched With Fire is in theatres beginning Feb. 12, 2016. Touched with Fire stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense, pushing each other's mania to new heights. They pursue their passions, swinging from fantastical highs to tormented lows, both of which place them on the edge of disaster. They must ultimately choose between each other and stability.
Inspired by the filmmaker's own struggles with bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored his feature film debut. The film also includes performances by Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Bruce Altman with a cameo by Kay Jamison, author of the book Touched with Fire, a definitive work on creativity and mental health. The film is produced by Jeremy Alter and Kristina Nikolova and executive produced by Spike Lee.
Home is an inspiring film about Jack, a man living with schizophrenia who wants to move out of the group home and into a home of his own with hopes of salvaging his relationship with his young son, reestablishing his life and achieving some sense of normalcy.
Call Me Crazy
This lifetime original movie features five shorts about the triumphs of hope, love and relationships for people struggling with mental illness.
Frankie & Alice
Inspired by a true story, Frankie & Alice, is the story of an African American go-go dancer living with multiple personalities (dissociate identity disorder “DID”).
Please Like Me
After being dumped by his girlfriend, Josh, has come to the realization that he might be gay. While dealing with some of his own life changes he moves back home to help care for his mother who is batting depression.
Silver Linings Playbook
Pat is a former teacher with bipolar disorder who returns to his parents’ home after four years in a mental institution and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. He develops a relationship with Tiffany, a young woman with depression and major challenges of her own.
That Which I Love Destroys Me
This documentary is a look at the current epidemic of PTSD and severe mental trauma that create challenges for returning service members. In it we follow two former Special Ops Soldiers as they are overcoming reintegration and stigmas of mental illness.