In light of “Bell Let’s Talk Day” (which raised $4.8 million for mental health), and Oscar season, I thought I would give my entry on David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”. This touching film has made Oscar history by becoming the first movie in 31 years to receive nominations in all acting categories. Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro) and Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver). The film is also nominated for Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell), Adapted Screenplay, and Film Editing. In addition, the amazing Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Needless to say, this is a definite must see film.
The film follows Pat Solitano (Cooper), who now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. He is suffering from Bipolar Disorder which so many Canadians are battling through today. He lost his house, his teaching job, and his wife. Pat is determined to follow the road of recovery; rebuild his life and get his wife back. Pat then meets Tiffany (Lawrence), who is also sorting through her own problems. Tiffany knows Pat’s wife and offers to help him reconnect with her. That is only if he'll do something very important for her in return— enter into a dance competition with her. Pat reluctantly agrees to Tiffany’s proposition and a surprisingly unlikely bond begins to form between the two of them.
There is a huge stigma surrounding mental illnesses in North America. This often is the reason why people ignore their problems and don’t seek treatment. I think this film does a great job a showcasing this misunderstood illness, and they demonstrate that it is possible to find your silver lining along with the help of family, friends and inner strength.
Take a look at the trailer below, and be sure to tune into the 85th Academy Awards, February 24th 2013, at 7pm on ABC.Silver Linings Playbook