Bipolar disorder is not easy to understand, especially if you have not been directly exposed to it. The film and television play a pivotal role given the great responsibility with which you haveso there’s that to take care of a lot of the way in which it represents people who have this mental illness in fiction, avoiding falling into stereotypes and fostering understanding of the viewer.
In the last few years and, with the main objective to give visibility, since film and television have been introduced, characters with this disease, although not all of them so successful as it is a topic to treat with precision, respect and without any kind of sensationalism.
Series and films which seek to raise awareness in the viewer
Luckily, there are many fictions that have helped us to understand the origins of these problems, mood and behavior. This is a good way of learning the form in which it appears bipolarity and how it is presented through the actions of the people who experience them.
The bipolarity in the film and television
1 ‘Mr. Jones’ (1993)
One of the clearest examples of how a person with bipolar disorder can be found in ‘Mr. Jones’, starring Richard Gere and Lena Olin and directed by Mike Figgis. The film tells of a man with strong emotional highs and lows and abrupt changes of mood that keeps a relationship quite complex, with their psychiatrist, who is in love with him. In addition to an accurate portrayal of the disease, the film is interesting when you want to explore in the problems of skipping the line of ethics in a work.
2 ‘The good side of things’ (2012)
3 ‘Homeland’ (2011-2020)
Claire Danes is the brilliant protagonist of ‘Homeland’, where he plays Carrie Mathison, a CIA agent who suffers from this disorder and that is displayed perfectly through the constant alterations that suffers. Throughout its eight seasons, we have been able to see a Carrie euphoric, going from one thought to another so fleeting or abusing the medication. A character with a lot of background that, far from focusing only on their illness, it goes beyond that.
4 ‘Mad love’ (1995)
In 1995, Antonia Bird directed ‘crazy Love’, film starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O’donnell, which tells the romantic relationship between two young people, and recounts the emotional ups and downs are typical of bipolar disorder, as well as the mode in which the fleeing of his family and of institutions of mental health. A feature that stands out, above all, by the intensity and truth that Barrymore brings to Casey Roberts, her character.
5 ‘The things that never die’ (1994)
In 1994, Jessica Lange won the Oscar thanks to his brilliant portrayal of Carly Marshall in ‘The things that never die’, where accompanies Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by Tony Richardson, the tape focuses on the marriage formed by Carly, a woman who suffers from depression, and Hank, a soldier subjected to a strong stress in their work and increasingly isolates more socially. After a series of problems and betrayals, their love is put to the test, and Carly will demonstrate their strength and courage to save the man of her life.
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6 ‘The snitch’ (2009)
Steven Soderbergh directs Matt Damon in ‘The informant!’, tape that tells the story of Matt Whitacre, an executive at the Archer Daniels Midland Company in Decatur during the 90’s that gets to unmask a fraudulent policy of control of prices by a multinational company in the agricultural sector. The film is correct to focus on the debacle psychological Whitacre for working with the FBI and his struggle with bipolar disorder.
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7 ‘Lady Dynamite’ (2016 – 2017)
For two seasons, this comedy told in the form of a fake documentary was able to sketch more of a smile to the viewers of Netflix, discussing a topic, as is the bipolarity, with some sense of humor, without losing respect in no time. Each one of the episodes of ‘Lady Dynamite’ relates different stages inspired by the life of Maria Bamfordyour actress, with a tone worthy of the comedies more intelligent.
8 ‘Normal Life’ (1997)
Like other tapes, such as ‘Crazy Love’, ‘Normal Life’, focuses on the relationship of two people, one of whom has bipolar. Ashley Judd and Luke Perry play a young mentally unstable and a policeman, respectively, who are trying to be a normal couple, but the imbalances it will cause both to experience serious difficulties. A movie very emotional that manages to be bleak and violently disturbing.
9 ‘Sylvia’ (2003)
Gwyneth Paltrow embodies in ‘Sylvia’ to the poet of the american Sylvia Plath, that he suffered from depression and bipolar disorder. A film that delves into the shattered lives of both she and Edward Hughes, her husband (played by Daniel Craig) and that works when you have no fear in delving into the controversial issues that happened to the people in which the film is based.
10 ‘The Flying Scotsman’ (2006)
The film needs to convey positive messages and demonstrate that you can overcome any adversity. This is the main message of the feature-length british ‘The Flying Scotsman’, a biopic that traces the story of Graeme Obree, known cyclist scotsman with bipolar disorder who, despite the difficulties they had to struggle throughout his life, managed to become an elite athlete.
Such popular movies as ‘The things that never die’ and ‘The good side of things’ and series such as ‘Lady Dynamite’ or ‘Homeland’ feature characters who possess this disorder, focusing part of its plot to explore her psychology and see what motivates them to carry out certain actions. For this reason, today we a review of the fictions that have tried to open this topic.