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Plot: The story about the relationship between a manic depressive man, Mr Jones, and the female doctor who takes more than a professional interest in his treatment.
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I liked it!
I am really surprised to see such low ratings for this film. I think it’s a great insight of how people who are affected by manic depression feel and how difficult can be the job of physicians in treating them. Moreover Richard Gere’s interpretation is a masterpiece. He shows both the vulnerability of an exhausted and sad man in search of understanding and acceptance, and also of course his celebrated coolness and savoir-faire with women in the character’s exuberant spells. I found the picture really pleasant, funny at times and shockingly real and dramatic and full of pathos. Despite the numerous clichés (..) and the frequent fades-away which, in my opinion, manifest a little hastiness by the director, I found the picture full of hope. Sometimes we forget the complexity of the human psyche. A man can endure at times ecstatic bliss and at others dreadful despair. I guess it’s the price to pay for being extremely sensitive. Or just a little crazy.
An excellent portrayal of bipolar disorder (warning: ending spoiler)
I find it interesting that films are so often chastised for being “unrealistic,” when realism is usually neither an attainable nor desirable goal in a film (for example, most films don’t portray a story that unfolds within two hours or less, so montages or other devices are used). The main purpose of Mr. Jones (the film) is to tell the story of a man with bipolar disorder, and issues of “realism,” for me, are then based on two questions. Firstly, did the film, and Richard Gere in particular, accurately portray the experiences of a person with bipolar disorder? Secondly, was his experience with mental heath care also fairly portrayed? As someone who has suffered from bipolar disorder for almost ten years, I can unequivocally say that the answer to both questions is yes. This film gives the best portrayal I have yet to see of the experiences of suffering from and being treated for bipolar disorder.
From the early scene where Mr. Jones is seen trying desperately to get a job, to the ending sequence where he tries to fly for the nth time over and gives up, Gere gives an outstanding and thoroughly believable performance of a man living with the intensity of bipolar disorder. Most poignant to me were the moments when he was able to realize just how much he was fooling himself about the disease, yet couldn’t break away from it. In a lesser movie, the line “I’m an addict” would be a sarcastic reference to his medication; here, it is used as a perfect description of Jones’ need for his manic highs.
In addition, I have yet to see as understanding a cinematic portrayal of mental health care in the United States. Even upon viewing it fifteen years later, this film deals so accurately with so many mental health care issues – the “revolving door” aspect of treating patients in current-day America, the moments of joy and pain one can experience even within a hospital (without the overdone dramatics of most films taking place in mental hospitals), and the efforts and sacrifices that doctors and staff make every day. Indeed, one of the most striking aspects of the film has to be the ease with which Gere walks in and out of treatment, a truly realistic situation, even more realistic because he has apparently been doing so for many years. The reality, despite what films would normally have us believe, is that it is much more likely in America today to be trapped in a “revolving door” for many years, never getting the treatment one really needs, than to be “wrongfully institutionalized” for many years. Unfortunately for “realism,” the latter makes for much better high drama.
Speaking of high drama, let me turn to two slightly controversial aspects of the film: the love story aspect, and the ending. Personally, I don’t find it “unrealistic” that Jones’ doctor could fall in love with him – it certainly happens in real-life patient-doctor relationships, and it makes for an interesting twist. Others have criticized this part of the story as unnecessary, but I see no particular reason for its omission, because the film did give plenty of screen time to the story of Jones’ disease and there was room for this extra plot angle. In addition, her responses to the developing relationship and her resignation were handled excellently and accurately – there was no deux ex machina that allowed her to stay at the hospital or keep treating him – and also allowed for a look at some of the ethical issues involved in mental heath care. My only issue with the love story was that it was a bit clichéd, but it didn’t detract from the film much at all in my opinion.
As for the ending, a lot of people have had trouble with the fact that Jones either seems to be “cured” too easily, or that there was no climax where he actually fell off the house, or that in general it was too “neatly wrapped up.” I would have to say that, knowing the bipolar disorder condition so personally, the ending was perfect. For sufferers of bipolar disorder, it can be so easy and quick to move from one mood to another, and the arrival of a loved one can easily “snap you out” of dangerous situations. The message that I took from the ending was not that he was “cured,” or that he wasn’t (there is no “cure” for bipolar disorder at this point). It was simply that he had faced another tough day as a sufferer of a disease, and that he now had a lover who was going to help him face more tough days. The end dialogue is particularly telling. His last line: “So now what?” Hers: “A cup of coffee. Decaf.” They are moving on. Our view into their lives is over, but they will be fighting the battle for years to come. The rest of the movie has already told us that. A lesser script would have had some sort of “and then life became great” montage, which would have ruined this film. Here we are left with the understanding that the fight against the disease goes on, but that he now has someone who will aid in the fight and temper his moods as best she can, starting with sticking to decaf (which is more than just a joke if you have bipolar disorder).
If you don’t mind a fairly standard Hollywood love story as part of the mix, you will find this an outstanding, moving, and educational film. I give it 9 out of 10 only because the love story goes on just a tad too long, and that time could have been used for more exploration of the illness and its treatment.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Mike Figgis, Jon Amiel
Writer Eric Roth, Michael Cristofer
Actors Richard Gere, Lena Olin, Anne Bancroft
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,120 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm