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Movies with a Psychiatric theme

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by GATORANALYST, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. GATORANALYST

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    Merry Xmas,
    I'm putting together a compilation of films for the residents and a few attendings in my program. The intent is to watch a movie as that has some type of psychiatric theme and be able to discuss it afterwards-over much wine and apateeeezers,of course. Any area of psychiatry is fine eg. forensic(serial killers), interesting personality disorders, etc... It can even be a comedy eg. "What About Bob"...

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!:D

    1)I'll start it off with "Girl Interrupted"
     
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    Freedom Writers-helps to distinguish between real antisocial personality disorder and people unfairly perceived to be antisocial. It also deals with a lot of urban issues that we psychiatrists who tend to be from middle & higher class backgrounds don't understand. No one in the movie claimed to be depressed, but IMHO it shows several factors that can lead to childhood depression, and why simply just offering a pill is not a good solution in Child Psychiatry.

    Watchmen-hasn't been made into a movie yet, but the book touched upon several important themes in psychiatry & clinical psychology such as Rorscach tests, Borderline Personality Disorder, festishes, impotence, mid life crisis, the Kitty Genovese incident....

    Battlestar Galactica-the new show. Starbuck has Borderline PD. Several of the episodes that focus on her show her problems with it.

    Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World: shows several people with Histrionic Disorder, especially the evil mother in law.

    Bug: Very accurately depicts someone with Schizophrenia, and Folie a Deux.

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers: doesn't show Caprgras Syndrome but shows I guess what it'd be like for someone who has it. The movie is based on the red scare of the 50s, which is also a useful tool because it shows how society can develop a group paranoia against a percieved enemy.

    Saving Pvt Ryan-helps you to understand PTSD & survivor's guilt a bit better.

    Traffic: good depiction of substance dependence issues

    The HBO hooker documentaries: shows a demographic that psychiatric hospitals in urban settings will treat very often.

    http://www.zurinstitute.com/movietherapy.html#eating
     
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    The Singing Detective with Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson playing a patient and CL psychiatrist respectively.

    Alfie (the original with Michael Caine, not the sh!tty remake with Jude Law) for a portrait of narcissism.

    Requiem for a Dream - a horrific portrait of addiction (don't watch it alone)
     
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    If you haven't seen "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", your education in Psychiatry and Popular Culture is severely lacking--and it's a good flick--AFI Top 100.

    "Analyze This" and the aformentioned "What about Bob?" are great for a laugh--and discussions of countertransference and boundary violations!

    "Spellbound" is an interesting Hitchcockian blend of psychoanalytic concepts and Dali-esque images. Plus, it's got Ingrid Bergman. :love: And Cary Grant. And did I say Ingrid Bergman? :oops:

    I'm quite fond of "Pieces of April". A nice story of redemption and reconciliation in a dysfunctional family. (Katie Holmes, pre-Cruise, stars, and Patricia Clarkson won a Best Supporting Oscar playing her mother.) (Hey--Katie was in Singing Detective, too!)
     
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    No idea. I didn't make the list, though some of its suggestions are good (and bad).
     
  8. michaelrack

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    Probably not what you're looking for, but the movie Joy Ride has some great psychiatry-related quotes, including

    "You need to find...
    a highly-qualified psychiatrist--
    not a psychologist-- you're gonna need some drugs."

    and

    " Because I have something that's more powerful then your psychosis. It's called a volume knob, and the only thing I have to do to make you go away is to turn it counterclockwise. You got that? You copy that? "
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    If you're interested in dreams, sleepwalking, or REM sleep behavior disorder, you can't beat the Nightmare on Elm Street series
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    Although I hate pretty much everything Robin Williams did after Mork and Mindy, and I didn't like how the movie blended Eastern and Christian ideas about the Afterlife, "What Dreams May Come" has an good portrayal of severe major depressive disorder.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing about High Fidelity, but then I realized it's actually a separate category of "Relationships and Love" and there's just no paragraph (?) break.
     
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    Don't forget
    David and Lisa (1962)
    about a schizophrenic trying to find human contact, even love, in the midst of such an isolating disorder.
     
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    prozac nation hasn't been mentioned? (haven't seen it)
     
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    IMO, this movie has been done a lot of harm in our society by its portrayal of ECT.
     
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    I totally agree--which is precisely why we need to have seen it!
    (Also, the PBS Frontline piece on "The Lobotomists"). :eek:
     
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    Whats that movie where theres a psychiatrist who takes care of a girl whos father was killed... and he finds out that a steriotypic movement that she's been making with her finger is i dont want to ruin the plotline....the number of a shipping crate
     
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    Don't Say a Word

    Tom Wilkinson's portrayal of Bipolar DO in Michael Clayton is one of the most authentic I've seen in a movie.
     
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    Agreed! :thumbup:
     
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    when nietzche wept is a very cool movie.
    based on a book by stanford psychiatrist irvin yalom.
    it is a histrorical fiction shedding light on the origins of 'the talking cure' tying philosophy and psychiatry together with nietche, freud, etc.
    if you're in to the interface between psychology and philosophy, check it out.
     
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    sounds very cool, thanks for hte tip.
     
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    Silence of the Lambs
     
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    Sixth Sense
     
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    Girl Interrupted

    Flatliners
     
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    High Anxiety, a Mel Brooks classic. Also, Vertigo, the Hitchcock movie that it spoofs.
     
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    Because anyone that can stand any M Knight Shamalyan movie should be committed and declared dangerous to society?

    Seriously, the things I would like to do to that man for his atrocities against film would have me at Whopper's facility for years...
     
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    Karla (2005) -- I had never heard of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka (a.k.a. “The Ken and Barbie Killers”) before I saw this movie. I bought it on DVD because I read somewhere that politicians in Canada tried to have the movie banned when it first came out, so I figured it must be good. The movie is very disturbing (especially since the events depicted in it actually happened), and it stayed on my mind for several days after I watched it.
     
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    Any of the reality documentaries on demographics that often times served by mental health workers.

    E.g. HBO did some very good documentaries on heroin addicts, prostitutes, an Iraq ER, among a few other demographics where people are often in need of psychiatri services. Unfortunately I've been having a hard time trying to find them on DVD, though they may be On Demand.

    This really helps one to understand & empathize.
     
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    Of course, there is also Dr. Strangelove. General Jack D. Ripper's "purity of essence" is a big old paranoid delusion that starts armageddon.
     
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    That's racism.
     
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    I submit:

    From Hell
    Jacobs Ladder
     
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    What a useful list! What do ya'll think about sticky-ing this, so we can catch up on some of these films?
     
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    So "Reign Over me" is a great one

    also, "The Wackness" is amazing. Great portrayal of a psychiatrist who is actually bipolar. Little known movie that came out a few months ago, but awesome.
     
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    No love for Fatal Attraction?
     
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    Lars and the Real Girl
     
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    I'm pretty sure you're referencing something funny, but I can't quite place it...
     
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    I was actually being kinda serious. You don't like M. Night because you don't understand how easterners and particularly Indians view the world. What you call a disgrace is to us just how we think. It's fine to not enjoy his work yourself, but to say, in an almost objective manner that he has committed atrocities against all of film shows a high degree of prejudice.

    Do you think my entire culture is an atrocity too?
     
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    Or it shows I have a literature degree?

    You made so many assumptions there, it made my head explode.

    That depends which culture you mean:

    If you mean your Indian culture, then no.

    If you mean your culture of Ivy league grads who like lousy movies, well, of course!

    And, yes, THAT's a joke.
     
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    you realize I was joking right?
     
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    Dude, you SO win.
     
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    Great movie with a twist ending much better than those M. Night movies
     
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    I just ordered Martin and Orloff, but that's more because I love UCB and less for it's psych setting. :)
     
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    Is that a twist ending?
     
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    What about "A Beautiful Mind" ?

    I've heard its biographically inaccurate and probaly medically inaccurate but might be worth watching.

    For those who don't know its about John Nash (nobel prize in economics for game theory) and his schizophrenia.

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    Also "Memento" is a movie about anterograde amnesia (I dont know if that falls into psych or neurology or something else entirely.)

    Even if anterograde amnesia isnt psych its still a really good movie (pretty confusing though, so good to watch with several people to help figure it out)
     
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    also from wiki about memento


    Many medical experts have cited Memento as one of the most realistic and accurate depictions of anterograde amnesia in any motion picture. Caltech neuroscientist Christof Koch called Memento "the most accurate portrayal of the different memory systems in the popular media,"[47] while physician Esther M. Sternberg, Director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program at the National Institute of Mental Health identified the film as "close to a perfect exploration of the neurobiology of memory."[48] Writing in the journal Science, Sternberg concludes: "This thought-provoking thriller is the kind of movie that keeps reverberating in the viewer's mind, and each iteration makes one examine preconceived notions in a different light. Memento is a movie for anyone interested in the workings of memory and, indeed, in what it is that makes our own reality."[49]
     
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    Every good story has a ridiculously pretentious twist at the end. everyone knows that.
     
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    If really he has anterograde amnesia.... how can he know that he has "this condition where [he] cant make new memories"?

    You sure it isnt an "insanity defense" for killing people?
     
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    I prefer 50 first dates as an exploration of anterograde amnesia. Among other things.

    Drew Barrymore is just insanely cute (not necessarily hot) for one thing.

    Also, any movie with Woody Allen in it - Cluster C and anxiety disorders
     
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    For the Drew Barrymore fans, Mad Love may be a good choice.
     
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    good question, maybe he tatooed it to himself with all that other stuff.
     
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    I vote for Woody Allen's stuff!
     

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