After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.
A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.
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The story centers on Veronika, a woman in her mid twenties who appears to have everything: good looks, good job and a great life ahead of her. Yet she decides to end her own life. She is unsuccessful and awakens in a mental hospital where she learns that she has only a short time to live. However in the hospital she meets people who are only 'insane' because they don't always follow society's rules. With little left to lose, Veronika embarks on a journey on which she frees herself to experience relationships and emotions and ultimately discovers what it means to live. Written by
Well, let's see. After you decide that I'm depressed, or whatever, you'll put me on meds, right? Well I know hundreds of people on them and they're all doing just fine. Really. I'll go back to work on my new anti-depressants, have dinner with my parents and persuade them I'm back to being the normal one who never gives them any trouble. And one day some guy will ask me to marry him. He'll be nice enough. That'll make my parents very happy. The first year we'll make love all the ...
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There's not a lot of movies that really reveal the more grim prospect of early death and its impact on human life. Veronika offers another look at residential mental institutions but with a particularly heart wrenching but inspiring look at them. Sandra Bullock offered up 28 Days (2000) with her comedy-drama version of an alcoholic in denial, a mainly mainstream and entertaining look at mental illness. There's a rather quick but powerful look in Helen (2009). Angelina Jolie presented Girl, Interrupted (1999) with strong drama and mainstream popularity.
Yet its with Sarah Michelle Gellar, we find a more biting and bittersweet look at mental health, recovery, and inspiration in her performance as well as the plot outline that offers a more refined tone and a less glossy look at mental health. This intriguing movie turns not on its dramatics, but on the more subtle theme of mental illness and simple yet layered efforts at human interaction and mental growth.
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