Movies and literature on mental illness that resonated with you
I thought we could do a thread about movies, books, poems, songs etc. about mental illnesses that you feel you could relate to, which kept you going even when times are dark, or which make you feel less alone in your struggles. I hope that by sharing these, we can build up a collection of movies and literature that members of our community can relate to as well. I'll start:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (book) - topic: depression
Resumé by Dorothy Parker (poem) - topic: reasons not to commit suicide
The one movie that manages to temporarily cure my depression every time I watch it is Lars and the Real Girl. It's a sweet movie with a bubbly soundtrack where Ryan Gosling plays a recluse who falls in love with a sex doll. It sounds like a cynical comedy on the front but it's really a lovely film about opening up and letting other people in.
Similar movies, though not specifically centred around characters with defined mental illnesses per se, are Amelie, Chungking Express, Sideways, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Three Colours: Blue.
There are also some other good movies that focus on socially anxious characters that I enjoy: Punch Drunk Love, Ingrid Goes West and Eighth Grade.