Probably one of the most thought provoking movie and one with a very indepth insight on the dreadful disease called depression.
A husband, a father and a CEO of his own company fights his internal demons and is almost on the verge of suicide, when he finds his alter ego and savior in a hand puppet. His approach gives him self confidence and also success at work however he is considered as crazy as the hand puppet refuses to leave his arm.
The fight with depression is solidly depicted by the very talented Ms Foster, with some hard hitting dialogues and a first rate performance by Mel Gibson who was going through a troubled phase in real life.
Recently Deepika Padukone confessed of being in depression and our elite newspapers were full of it as if depression did not exist before her confession in India. Going to a shrink is still not a norm in our country and any form of mental illness is looked down upon.
The movie highlights the important role a victim’s personal ecosystem has to play involving every character in it, whether family,friends or coworkers.
There is a speech by the victim.. which is a must read.. and you can catch it on you tube too.
“We reach a point where, in order to go on, we have to wipe the slate clean. We start to see ourselves as a box that we’re trapped inside and no matter how we try and escape, self help, therapy, drugs, we just sink further and further down. The only way to truly break out of the box is to get rid of it all together… I mean, you built it in the first place. If the people around you are breaking your spirit, who needs them? Your wife who pretends to love you, your son who can’t even stand you. I mean, put them out of their misery. Starting over isn’t crazy. Crazy is being miserable and walking around half asleep, numb, day after day after day. Crazy is pretending to be happy. Pretending that the way things are is the way they have to be for the rest of your bleeding life. All the potential, hope, all that joy, feeling, all that passion that life has sucked out of you. Reach out, grab a hold of it and snatch it back from that bloodsucking rabble.”
The Beaver speech – Click on this link.