Friday, 25 September 2015

Top 3: Movies That Make You Want to Start Psychotherapy


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Remember these two? Will Hunting and his psychologist Sean Maguire are the perfect example that a good chat with a professional therapist can help you change your life for the better. Unfortunately, paying a visit to the psychologist's office still involves stigmatisation and fear of being ridiculed as a weakling or good-for-nothing loser.

Here over at BSP we don't want to hear any of this stigma nonsense. And since it happens to be Psychotherapy Day, we see it as our duty to show you that we all have those moments in our lives in which we'd like to tell somebody about our traumatic experiences. This is why I, your very own Rina, have compiled a Top 3 list of movies which most likely will make you want to start psychotherapy asap - no matter how tough you might think you are.


3.  Disaster Movie (Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer, 2008)

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Or basically any other movie ever made by the Friedberg-Seltzer duo. From Date Movie (2006) to Superfast! (2015), the two 'film makers' have proven that they are indeed the masters of cringeworthy, painfully dull and maddeningly bad exercises in parody. Their almost yearly mash-ups of previous critically acclaimed and/or successful films are neither funny nor creative. Faeces and other body fluids abound and, in the end, there's only one wish left in me - to gouge out my eyes with a tea spoon.


2. Irréversible  (Gaspar Noé, 2002)

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Cinema's enfant terrible Gaspar Noé isn't scared to push its audience to extremes when it comes to violence in all its forms and shapes. Irréversible, starring Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel, features a guy whose head is smashed in beyond recognition with a fire extinguisher. Additionally, there's a by now infamous, ca. 9 minutes long one-take rape scene. According to imdb trivia, this film is the most walked out of movie of 2002, and three people even fainted while watching a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Naturally, Noé's fascinating exploration of brutality and revenge isn't a stroll in the park. In the end, he leaves us with the uplifting notion that fate is inevitable, that time destroys everything. Quite a bitter outlook, eh?


1. La Pianiste (Michael Haneke, 2001)

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Based on an Elfriede Jelinek novel, this film tells the story of an uptight piano teacher (Isabelle Huppert) with masochistic tendencies. When she starts an affair with one of her handsome pupils (Benoît Magimel), the lines between pleasure, neurosis and mutual consent begin to blur. Haneke, another director known for leading his viewers to uncomfortable places, depicts the sexual practices of his main characters in relentless pictures - not for exploitation, but rather as an exploration of sexuality, sexual repression and the meaning of self-determination. La Pianiste is indeed a fine and thought-provoking film, but one that's oh-so hard to watch.


Which movies or scenes give you traumatic experiences? Feel free to tell us in the comment section below or via social media. And remember: If you need help, be strong and seek it.

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