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My Friend Paul (1999)

When independent film-maker Jonathan Berman invites his boyhood friend to come live with him after Paul's release from prison for bank-robbery, they both get more than they expect. We get a... See full summary »

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When independent film-maker Jonathan Berman invites his boyhood friend to come live with him after Paul's release from prison for bank-robbery, they both get more than they expect. We get a revealing look at friendship and coping with mental illness. Written by <havan_ironoak@bigfoot.com>

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English

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25 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Revealing look at a friendship and at mental illness
13 July 2002 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

In this Documentary, the filmmaker is struggling with a creative block and invites his boyhood friend Paul to come stay with him in New York. Paul is being released soon from a Federal Prison in Massachusetts where he has done time for bank robbery and John hopes to make a film about him. When Paul arrives in New York and agrees to be the subject of the film, the filmmaker discovers that Paul is not entirely reformed and that he's in for more than he bargained for.

I have dealt with friends and family that are struggling with mental illness and this film struck a chord with me. It truly portrays the sense of helplessness that one has when one realizes that there are some conditions that cannot be cured. While one still cares for the individuals involved, one has a longing to distance oneself from those who make us feel helpless. I recommend this film to any that are involved in the same type of struggle or any that wish to understand what it is like.


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