Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Touched with Fire 2015

     Carla and Marco have bipolar disorder.  Carla goes to the hospital where she had treatment to request her medical records.  The doctor on duty talks with her about her condition and her past medical treatment.  She recommends that Carla check herself into the hospital to get back on track with taking her medication.  She meets Marco and they start not sleeping and staying up at night to be with each other.  The doctor recommends that Carla and Marco be released to their parents for care at home.  They will both fall into deep depression after the manic episodes they have had with each other.  The hospital cannot afford to keep them during this time of depression as the result of being so manic.
     The doctor thinks and it is a reality that Carla and Marco are not good for each other.  They do get back together later after they recover from their depressions.  Their parents are trying hard to care for them and help them but it’s very difficult.  Bipolar people think they feel life and emotions more deeply when they don’t take their medication.  They think the medication is making everything without the edge.  In reality, they are doing unusual things and they are not safe or healthy in the manic condition.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

106 min, Drama directed by Paul Dalio with Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne, Brucke Altman, Alex Manette, Edward Gelbinovich, Daniel Gerroll, Patrick Byas, Genevieve Adams, Erick Abbate.

Note:  Imdb 6.1 out of 10, 70% critic 91% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 3.8* out of 5* with 87 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in New York City, New York and Utah.  This film is based on the real life of director Paul Dalio.  At the end of the film, there is a list of famous and talented people with bipolar disorder.

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