You Feeling Down? Watching THIS Movie on Netflix Can Help
And maybe read the novel on which it’s based upon, too
Don’t we all feel low some time or the other?
Like there’s nothing left to do. Like nothing continue to intrigue us?
But that’s not the problem.
We all have our highs and lows. What matters is how we deal with them. How we choose to react to them.
“It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” —Epictetus, a Greek Stoic philosopher
And this movie, All The Bright Places, explores the same.
It’s a really wonderful story of a two teenagers, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, who are trying to get over their past. Eleanor, Violet’s sister, died 9 months ago and that has left Violet depressed because she’s quietly dealing with survivor’s guilt. She tries to commit suicide by jumping off the ledge of the bridge—that was the accident site where she lost her sister—but just at the moment Finch shows up, and kind of saves her.
But he has got his fair share of problems to deal with, too. Later on in the movie, we find that he was physically assaulted by his father as a child and result of that has tried to kill himself multiple times...
Together they embark on a journey to discover hapiness in simple things. They change each other’s lives forever.
I hope that I didn’t give any spoilers. Okay, here’s a small one: it has got a very sad ending. You’re probably gonna cry.
It’s very emotional. I cried (a lot) towards the end. And overall, it’s a well-balanced and thought-provoking film which asks you to reflect on everything that’s happening in your life that you might have taken for granted. It urges you to appreciate small things.
Although, this movie sheds light on serious mental illness—for the girl was dealing with survivor’s guilt and the boy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder—nevertheless, there’s a strong message for all of us.
“To not search hapiness and content in this materialistic world but in small and simple things—in the present moment.”
This movie is based on a book, by the same title, by Jennifer Niven.
I personally am going forward to purchase this book and give it a read. Being a teenager myself, I think learning about serious topics like mental health is a must and what’s a better way to do so than by reading a novel that’s not so sophisticated, and yet so heartfelt.
Okay, on that note, I’ll leave you to decide if you want to watch this movie and read the book.
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Wishing y’all a good day. And until next time, byeeee! 👋☺️❤️