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A single mother is prescribed a controversial anti-depressant called Distral and quickly becomes dependant, but discovers that giving up the drug causes terrible side-effects. Unable to find support for her plight, she mounts a personal crusade against the pharmaceutical company who produce the pills. Meanwhile, a cynical marketing executive for the company has been trying to suppress all bad publicity and promote Distral as a wonder-product, but as he watches his sister suffer from terminal cancer, he begins to question his own ethics. Written by
Lorraine is suffering from depression and is given a new anti-depressant, which works OK. But then she "thinks" she's become addicted to it, so she stops, and experiences some terrible side-effects. But are they from the drug, are they from stopping the drug, or are they from her depression? And now she is in a dreadful quandary. To stop taking the drug, or to continue? And what does the drug manufacturer really know of these things? As in so many British shows, this movie seems a lot more "dirty" than what would a Hollywood version. It seems that British TV uniformly would have us believe that life in Britain is much more gross than a similar life elsewhere. Although having said that, the acting was first rate, despite the no-name cast. In fact I thought Christine Tremarco did such a good job that I was unable to manufacture any interest at all for the other characters, sad though most of them were.
I ended up feeling a lot of sympathy for Lorraine's character, as she struggled valiantly and to a large extent hopelessly against forces so much greater than her. The most powerful of these of course was her terrible illness.
I wonder how people who suffer like Lorraine would react to this movie. I suspect that they would strongly relate to her, but would they watch or would they not be able to bear to?
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