Thursday, August 15, 2013

À Perdre la raison - To understand human beings

Directed by Joachim Lafosse.

This film centers on a young woman, she falls in love, she marries, and she suddenly sees herself with four babies and huge, acute depression. This is the story of a mother who kills her young children.
Is it horrifying? No, just really hard. This film is hard to watch, hard to understand, or better, hard to accept human beings. This is a film that will hunt you for days. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I kept rewinding it in my mind. It goes without saying that depression is a real problem, it’s a desease and it needs to be taken in such a way. And the problem that goes along with it, not that it is really represented in the film, is the stigma, the prejudice of going to a therapist, or a psychologist or just really go to the doctor. It’s the “crazy” people. It is so embedded in the people, in society that it is absolutely revolting.
Émilie Dequenne is absolutely heartbreaking, she’s steadily touching. I loved her commitment, her perseverance and bravery. I love this actress so much.

 Great performances.

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