World Day to Fight Depression is commemorated on January 13. A date that prioritizes this disease of silent struggles, of tenacious sadness, of internal darkness, and which today, more than ever, must be talked about and made visible.
Different directors throughout the history of cinema have addressed depression from different genres, each with their particular vision. From dramas, horror movies, to cult classics, Here is a selection of some of the most relevant films about this disease that should not be kept silent, nor suffer in solitude.
In this Mexican film by director Roberto Gavaldón, Pina Pellicer She plays Luisa, a lonely, imaginative woman who lives immersed in a world of fantasy, but also of loneliness. She suffers for her imaginary love affairs, she puts on her wedding dress for a marriage that does not exist, she experiences motherhood with a son that does not exist.
From this film comes the iconic poem attributed to José Emilio Pacheco: “If we cannot love, seeing that the night advances, let us celebrate an alliance with that lied dream. One day oblivion will end or hope will end.
This 2022 film has earned acclaim around the world for its pure and simple portrayal of parenting depression. Through photographs and video cameras, Sophie remembers, from her adulthood, a journey that she lived in her pre-adolescence with her father, a jovial, easy-going man, who nonetheless goes through unexpected moments of darkness that his little daughter cannot understand.
Afertsun is a look of humanity and loneliness towards parents: from childhood we all see them as strong and determined men who have the world under control, without ever realizing their silent cries, their internal sadness, and that perhaps their lives are not what they expected when they were young.
The advantages of being invisible
A youth classic, The Advantages of Being Invisible continues to be relevant for the way you approach depression in adolescencethat turbulent period of life in which nobody knows what they want or understands what is happening, and all those pains that start to hurt when the years arrive, but that find their name in this film. It is also remembered for highlighting the relevance of friendship, the first experiences of love, and the brief eternities of youth.
Depression is approached from terror in this 2022 film that received rave reviews around the world. Rose is a psychologist whose life she is forever upset when a patient commits suicide in front of her eyes, in the middle of her consultation, looking at her with a macabre smile.
Rose’s life will become a race against time against what seems to be a disease, an entity, or a demon that uses fears and insecurities most hidden from people.
Everything about my mother
One of Almodóvar’s most celebrated and beloved films, All About My Mother is an ode to feminine strength, to sisterhood, to the company that women keep for each other in their most difficult moments. After losing her son in an accident, Manuela She leaves for Barcelona to face her past, and where she finds that life for her does not end. She makes friends, smiles again, but deep down there is the eternal pain for the loss of his son.
Van Gogh at eternity’s gate
Vincent van Gogh is remembered today as one of the most important artists in universal history. However, in life he was discredited, and he would never know that his name would go down in history. Van Gogh was a lonely man, tormented by his demons, and who lived with depression. The film portrays in a beautiful and melancholic way the last years of the painter’s life, whose sadness and loneliness were forever embodied in the oil universes of his art.
Pixar is a company that has always fascinated by the innovation it brings to the world of animation. In Inside Out, he reaped glory again for addressing the issue of feelings, and the complexity of human relationships. His most valuable message, perhaps, it is not necessary to be happy all the time, it is not necessary to be happy all the time: sadness is also part of life, sadness is valid, and it is important to live it.
A single man
Based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man follows the life of George, a college professor who lost his lifelong lover, Jim, in a car accident.. George loses meaning to his very existence; he finds himself trapped in loneliness, in disappointment, in the pain of losing that person with whom he believed he would share his life, and whom he lost on the edge of the abyss of old age. The unexpected arrival of Kenny, one of his students, will give an unexpected twist to his days.
The Virgin Suicides
Directed by Sofia Coppola, and considered a movie classic, The Virgin Suicides addresses the fascination that a group of young people have with the four Lisbon sisters, who in the eyes of the world are perfect. When one of them commits suicide, a maelstrom is unleashed that shows that, behind the most radiant smiles and supposedly perfect lives, They hide and live the most desolating sadness.
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