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Helen (Ashley Judd) is a popular professor of music theory, and accomplished pianist, and the wife of handsome and successful lawyer David (Goran Visnjic), and mother of a charming teenager Julie (Alexia Fast) all of whom we meet at a surprise birthday party for Helen. But very gradually Helen begins to change from the ebullient happy woman to a more quiet, pensive, obviously injured woman. Concentration fails, she cannot get enough sleep, her connection to the world begins to crumble and finally she breaks into the depths of depression. Despite the support of David and Julie and denying the medical assistance of psychiatrist Dr. Sherman (Alberta Watson), Helen continues to sink deeper into the profound sadness of clinical depression. One of Helen's students, Mathilda (Lauren Lee Smith) seems to be one of the few people with whom Helen can relate: we are lead to discover Mathilda suffers from a similar disorder. The truth about Helen's medical history finally surfaces: she has had suicidal ideation and clinical depression in her past When married before to Frank (David Hewlett) and soon after the birth of Julie (?postpartum depression?) Helen required psychiatric hospitalization, her marriage failed, and she ultimately met David who has been the ideal husband and father for Julie.Read more ›
The character development of Helen is extraordinary and meticulously portrayed by Ashley Judd. Goran Visnjic portrays David as the most caring, frustrated, bewildered and equally supportive husband to Helen. Mathilda (Lauren Lee Smith) has you constantly questioning if there will ever be a life worth living for her. Needless to say, this movie is dark, painful and extremely reflective. It explores a topic that some may wish to turn their heads from and others, like me, are exceedingly interested in. This is not an easy view but an intense look into a very pervasive issue.
Helen is a college professor of music married to her second husband David, an attorney. She has a teenage daughter from her first marriage. At first blush, this family looks like your every day happy trio. Until something happens to Helen which causes her to begin acting completely out of character. She starts losing track of time, forgetting what has been transpiring with her class and losing the context of the lectures she is giving while speaking. As Helen is walking down the college hallway, she notices a lit room with a beckoning cello being played and curiously walks inside. One of her students, Mathilda, is all upset that she "just cannot get it right". The music isn't to her liking. Helen has a pull unawares toward her as does Mathilda at the same time.Read more ›
For people with depression, this film might act as a trigger, so keep that in mind.
Judd did such a good portrayal I figured she must have gone through this, at some time, in her own personal life.
There is acting- and then there is knowing. She seems to know what it is like to have the BEAST show up in your life.
A good movie to teach people what major depression is like. The ending concludes on a realistic note as well.
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Great insight into the agony of severe depression. Not only from the patients point of view but their friends and families as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynn Lammon
As with so many Amazon flicks that we watch, this was picked by my wife. She says it's a fair representation of women facing bipolar disorders. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary A
Excellent movie about depression. Well played by Ashley Judd.Published 2 months ago by Yvette L. Allen
I believe I need anti-depressants from watching this movie. It is truly realistic though in imaging depression in humans.Published 3 months ago by Amy
Hard to watch at times due to the honesty of the topic, but realistic. Ashley Judd does a great job of portraying this character.Published 3 months ago by Helen Y.