Sunday, June 17, 2012
Melancholia Speaks Depression
I watched the movie MELANCHOLIA recently. This is not a movie I would recommend to just anyone. Most people will find it tedious and annoying. However, I saw it for its artistic merit. It is a beautiful study on depression, its affects on a personal level, and how the family and friends of the person suffering from depression are affected. As a person who has battled with depression for most of my life, I found it haunting. It echoed deep within me. At the end of the movie when all hope is lost, those who were "normal" fell apart and could not handle the idea of their eminent demise. They fell to pieces. However, the character, whom everyone had remained annoyed with due to her horrible bouts of depression and need for constant care, was the one who took over the caretaker role. She embraced the moment and was able to help those who had previously cared for her through the moment of transition as all life was ending. This film is not for everyone. After the credits rolled, I confess I felt my own my own melancholy seep through. Life is a beautiful fractured mess but it is not pointless. It is given meaning when one forgets oneself and bends to help another in their time of need.