“Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” Call Me Crazy: A Five Film is a movie that depicts different mental health disorders. The movie explores not only the patients suffering from the disease, but their relationships with their family and friends, and how they deal with it in their everyday lives. First, we meet Lucy. She’s in a mental hospital after dealing with schizophrenia for most of her life, but most recently because of an episode that happened while she was at law school. At first she feels helpless; she doesn’t seem to get better, she feels trapped. But then she makes a friend and her therapist convinces her to continue law school and become a lawyer. Later on, we discover more about her relationship with her sister, how she felt displaced or tossed aside because of Lucy’s illness. She even says some hurtful things, but at the end they show how much they love each other and how family is a necessity for recovery.
The last time we see Lucy, she’s already a lawyer, and she’s helping a PTSD suffering veteran named Maggie. Maggie’s son got taken away from her after a nightmare caused by her PTSD caused her to become violent and almost attack her father. Maggie was sexually abused by her commanding officer, which caused her illness. At the end, though, it is implied that Lucy helps her get her son back. In between the pieces of Lucy’s story, we meet Grace and Eddie. Grace’s mom is bipolar, and the movie shows how Grace struggles with being the adult at
times, and how she feels neglected others. She also feels the need to keep the “secret” about her mom’s disease, and as a result has a lot of resentment for her and mixed feelings when she doesn’t take her medication. Finally, after nearly crashing the car, Grace’s mom agrees to in-patient therapy. Eddie, on the other hand, is a stand-up comedian. He suffers from depression, though, as he is unable to get out of bed during the day, sometimes even leaving his own party guests to go lie in bed. His wife doesn’t know what to do, as she worries he might try to end his life after she discovers he stopped going to therapy. In the end, they have an emotional moment and it is implied that Eddie had planned to commit suicide, but decided against it. All of these stories show how mental disorders could affect anyone, and how mentally ill people are no different than the rest of us. The stigma surrounding mental health is ever present in our society today, but this movie tries to break it and show that mental disorders are no different than any other health disorders, and they can and should be acknowledged and treated. I loved Call Me Crazy because I think that talking about these issues and bringing them to light is extremely important if we want to create a safer and better environment for all of us. REFERENCES Freilich, J. (Producer), & Dern, L et ad. (Director). (2013). Call Me Crazy: A Five Film [Motion Picture]. United States: Lifetime.
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