There is a new Portuguese film on Amazon Prime Video, which I decided to check out for a simple reason. The main character is the columnist who fights against severe anxiety problems. The loss of my marbles (Depois A Louca Sou Eu) has a strong and inactive woman’s presence.
It comes from the imagination of the author of Tati Bernardi.
The novel is the basis for films; Director Julia Rezende; and actress Débora Falabella. Because I haven’t read the book, I assume the main character, Dani (Débora Falabella), is Alter-Ego Tati Bernardi.
For Dani, almost everything around it is a trigger. Have you ever canceled the birthday party, the meeting, or that date just because it panicked suddenly, holding you in his grip?
Then you will find Dani to be a very relatable character even if you haven’t experienced a kind of extreme episode he passed through the film. Anxiety, in various degrees, is a primary film antagonist.
When the film opened, Dani triggered the version of his child ran with a bag of marbles that opened himself to send the contents rolling in a different direction.
Dani worked as a copywriter at an advertising agency and wrote a self-help column in a newspaper, often finding his anxiety blocking his work. He was afraid of cockroaches, failures, thoughts of his parents dying, the world ended, and so on.
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Debora followed up on each of these episodes convincingly that someone could feel everything he experienced. And there are no specific incidents that make Dani this way.
He was born in a family where each member had his their habits. His mother, for example, has farewell anxiety. He was also excessive, who did not help Dani when he made an important career decision.
He knocked on the door of all types of spiritual physicians to find a solution:
But they did not offer hope. And there was a doctor who appeared with the wrong diagnosis that made him feel as if he had a terrible physical condition.
During one of the therapy sessions, he was in contact with psychotherapists (Gustavo Vaz). And the film entered the romantic comedy mode, although short.
But when he said something he didn’t want him to hear, becoming too difficult for him to bear. It makes sense from his point of view. He is the same as him, through the same emotion.
But he was finally forced to understand this situation because it raises conflicting feelings. Not too different from his bond with his mother.
These parts overcome the sacrifice that someone must do to manage a person’s problem and guilt from them. Also, be careful of too dependent on the meds.
When Dani uses it more than necessary, his life rotates out of control. Fortunately, this film is careful not to be too serious. If it’s already, it will deviate from the tone founded at first.
Losing of my marbles is a simple film that comes at the right time, even though it has really got nothing related to do with the pandemic.
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His eccentric energy reminded the popular French comedy Amelie, especially in using funny narrative devices to present some of their ideas. He wants us to accept who we are and do not feel guilty or shame about being vulnerable.
Not only wants to go quickly on ourselves, but also the people around us struggle with anxiety. For someone who lives in the country where to find a therapist frown. A film like losing my marbles is needed.