Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Challenging Look at a Serious Topic

by Erik Skjoldbjærg

With a film based on a true-life story of depression it’s a challenge to portray the person and the effect of the illness on those around them in a way that is watchable. In Prozac Nation it’s not always fun to watch, but skillful direction and a great performance from Christina Ricci manage to capture the highs and lows in a way that kept me watching and also gave me some insight. There are moments that I found amazing in the film in terms of the staging and shooting and editing. The film isn’t for everyone, but I found it worthwhile watching and I’m puzzled why it took so long for it to be released.

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