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An Anorexic's Tale: The Brief Life of Catherine (1988)

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The true story of Catherine Dunbar's seven-year battle with anorexia, starting when she was fifteen.

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Sad but informative
21 July 2006 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

An excellent and gripping film that somehow kept the whole family hooked throughout.

The roles were relatively well played, especially the lead role of Catherine, who is quite believable most of the time. Overall, the film in itself was frustrating, as Catherine and everyone else seems to know what the problem is but no one seems to be able to tackle it. In fact, forget humour, as you will not find any in this film.

There is also some nudity, but this is tactfully handled and is not erotic at all. Specifically it occurs when Catherine is being bathed/towelled by her relatives.

Other than that, what struck me was the diary form by means of which the story was narrated, as well as the faith shown in Jesus by Catherine.

Do prepare a hanky for the ending - that is if you still have any feeling left in your body by then.. the movie really does hit hard.

One final word of warning for all parents - it might or might not be a good thing to let children watch this, depending on whether you prefer to inform them of the dangers of Anorexia or impress their minds with gloom. Younger children (under 13) especially may find it depressing. The consistently sad music does not help either. But then again, the topic itself is hardly cheerful so I suppose it makes sense.


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