The utmost insane individuals and the most intelligent doctors are located on Shutter Island. The movie Shutter Island takes place in 1952 blank years after WWII. Leonardo Dicaprio’s character is sent to the island to investigate and find a missing patient, but what his character is trying to hide from his reality, is that he is a patient too. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the movie is Andrew Laeddis.
Andrew Laeddis is a disturbed patient on Shutter Island who the doctors are trying to rehabilitate. Before Andrew came to the island, he was a soldier in WWII. The horrible conditions that he was in and the traumas that he saw during the war left him with post-traumatic stress when he returned home. When Andrew came back from the war he was a U.S Marshall, and an alcoholic. Andrew Laeddis was married to Delores Chanal and they had three beautiful children together. While Andrew was married to Delores all of his friends and family told him that he should get a divorce, and move away from his wife because she was crazy, depressed, and was going to hurt Andrew. Andrew refused to listen to all of them because half of the time he was too drunk to care, and the other half he was too in love. Delores told Andrew that she had a bug crawling across her brain, and it made her do things she didn’t want to do. Andrew knew she was sick but he didn’t do anything about it because he was too drunk. Andrew came home from work one day and could not find his family in the house. He went
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Vinny Love had come to McLaurin’s grandfather asking for help in order to get on welfare to aid her ailing son. McLaurin’s grandfather calls upon Wilson at the welfare office to go to Vinny Love. Wilson visits Vinny Love but he does not immediately help her. When Vinny Love goes back to the store McLaurin’s grandfather is enraged that Wilson had not followed his orders. McLaurin’s grandfather then sees to it that Vinny Love and her mentally ill child are helped.
The film Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond exemplified a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) by being demanding, intense and unstable. These behaviors that are consistent with the elements of abnormality include suffering, social discomfort, dangerousness, and irrationality and unpredictability. The first element that is consistent with Norma Desmond’s character is suffering. Desmond being one of the greatest movie stars in history suffers as she experiences the fall from stardom. She also suffers from identity disturbance as she reaches an unstable self-image notion. In one scene when Desmond recognizes for a moment about her age, she claims, “Look at me. Look at my hands, look at my face, look under my
Martin Scorsese the director of Shutter Island and David Fincher the director of Gone Girl are both highly decorated in their craft of constructing psychological thriller films for us the audience to enjoy. Both directors express the same theme of how everyone has their own version of reality and some try to enforce their new reality upon themselves and others to teach the audience the importance of mental illness. The main character of shutter island Andrew Laeddis enforced himself in his own reality to hide his own memories while Amy enforce her reality of her perfection and innocents to others. Both directors use dialogue and symbolism to express their theme as the dialogue is often used as symbolism for a change in a character appearance to themselves or the audience.
The film Pleasantville shows the changes in American society over the past 50 years by placing two teenagers into the Pleasantville show, which was from the 50’s. The movie depicts how there is no longer the “American Dream” and no longer a perfect way of life and the changes the world has made. The world that the teenagers come from is filled with sex, drugs, money, and is very different from the way the world was in which the Pleasantville Show took place in. Morals and values have changed in the people and in society that the teenagers came from and shows it would be impossible to return back to the kind of life style the world had in the 50’s.
A quote to further explain the theme is, “A couple of years ago, shortly after the incident at the Tuttle Place, Dr. Ahstrom prescribed the Proloftin for my anxiety.” The Tuttle place incident is where Andy died. Douglas went through a really hard time at this period in his life. Andy was his one and only friend. He lost the one person who meant the most to him. This created a lot of anxiety for Douglas and
To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life”.- Walter Mitty (Movie).
The movie Avalon presents both sides of American Dream. In the beginning, Sam Krichinsky is ecstatic to tell the story about his arrival to America in 1914. He talks about the 4th of July celebration and his first job as a wallpaper hanger with his brothers. The Krichinsky brothers do the same work; therefore, they have same amount of income. They also live together and save money to bring more relatives to America to prosper. This shows that they have strong family circle and support each other. Times change and Sam Krichinsky and his family moves to suburbs. Sam’s son Jules with his cousin open discount appliances store. That is upside of American Dream shown in the movie. One can work hard, go on his own and achieve success and happiness. At the same time, that creates discontent with Sam’s brothers Gabriel and Nathan. Sam allows his family to cut turkey on thanksgiving before Gabriel’s arrival which makes Gabriel extremely upset. He blames this on Jules getting rich and Sam’s family not having respect for his brothers anymore. He also says that it is a tradition and sign of respect to wait for a family member before starting a dinner. This is a negative side of American Dream. Some of the relatives get ahead, some stay behind and it becomes a reason for quarrel. Also, Sam and his wife Eva move out from Jules house to live on their own. It is a good thing, because their families will be separate and have more space. The wife does not have to live with in-laws anymore. All
Every life lived has an element of unpredictability. Sometimes, people have bad days that they would rather forget as soon as it’s over. Other times, people have great days that they wish they could relive once more. But in Groundhog Day, an unruly news anchor named Phil is forced to relive a single day in his life. After the initial fear and confusion dissipates, Phil explores different lifestyles in the struggle to obtain happiness and to find himself.
Andrew lives in an airport, him and his dad were homeless. Once Andrew's mom died, they were forced to move out of there apartment and into the airport. Each day Andrew goes about his day, but it is a completely different lifestyle for us.
* Mrs. Millard had a heart condition and the narrator would develop a mental illness
The movie 8 Mile is about Jimmy Smith Jr, a white man who aspires to become a successful Hip Hop artist. He faces many challenges on his journey to reach his dream, but he does not let the struggles stop him from achieving his goal. The things he faced like having to move back in with his mom, “choking” on stage at his first battle at the shelter, and being doubted because his skin color was not the same as everyone else, for most people they would give up on their dream but Jimmy dug deep and overcame it all. In the beginning Jimmy breaks up with his girlfriend, leaving him without a car or a place to live.
Shutter Island portrays multiple mental illnesses in the main character as well as in supporting characters. One might call it an abnormal psychology “goldmine.” It takes place at a water-bound psychiatric facility, Shutter Island, housing the criminally insane. The plot is about a man who refers to himself as Teddy. He believes he and his partner are detectives, on the island, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. He is also in search of a patient named Andrew Laeddis, who Teddy believes murdered his wife. The detective becomes paranoid that the facility is treating the patients unfairly and performing experimental lobotomies. The delusion goes on for several months, Teddy never realizing he is actually a patient, until he is brought back to reality at the climax of the movie. His delusion ends. He realizes he’s a patient for a very short amount of time before he goes back to believing he’s a detective. The delusion starts all over again. Throughout most of the film, viewers see his delusion as a reality, until the twist at the end when it is revealed that he is actually a patient.
The film Amelie provides multiple examples of individuals sacrificing, and applying Campbell 's moral objective to their own lives. One of the people from the film that follow the objective is Dominique Bretodeau. When he was a young boy, he lost his treasure box. Directly after it was returned to him from a stranger, he began to tear up over the lost memories that the box contained. He then confides in people at the bar that he has not spoken to his daughter in years, and because of this does not know his grandson. This simple act of kindness was enough to make Bretodeau sacrifice his pride enough to reconcile with his daughter and grandson. He had no idea if his family was going to open their arms, or push him away for being away for so long. This failed to stop Bretodeau. This journey of becoming a hero was a spiritual one. Most of the conflict happened within his own heart. A small act of thoughtfulness helped a man choose to create a better life for him, and his estranged family.
The main character in the film “Girl Interrupted”, Susanna Kaysen, is an eighteen-year-old female. She admitted herself into a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide by overdosing on Aspirin and Vodka, where she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Susanna repeatedly denies trying to commit suicide, and claims she took aspirin because she “had a headache”. She appeared to be well groomed, her speech was articulated, and her thought process clear. Susanna is not currently employed, nor is she a student, and appears to have no motivation or ambition (Wick, Konrad, Ryder & Mangold, 1999).
Dr. Armstrong is driving to the island, having been asked to take a look at Mr. Owen’s ill wife. While he drives, he reflects on the luck that allowed his career to survive after an incident that happened some years ago, when he used to drink.