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A talented professor is forced to come to terms with her clinical depression.

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Sandra Nettelbeck

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Sandra Nettelbeck (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Helen Leonard
Goran Visnjic ... David Leonard
Lauren Lee Smith ... Mathilda
Alexia Fast ... Julie
Alberta Watson ... Dr. Sherman
Leah Cairns ... Susanna
David Hewlett ... Frank
David Nykl ... John
Chelah Horsdal ... Kara
Ali Liebert ... Donna
Conrad Coates ... Stephen
Alex Stevens Alex Stevens ... Woman
Rob Heschl ... Maire'd
Robin Nielsen Robin Nielsen ... Stranger
Adrian Hough ... ER Doctor
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Helen has it all: friends, an attentive second husband, a cheerful teen daughter, musical talent, and a university teaching job. Then, something's amiss: is her husband cheating, does she have a fatal disease, does her past haunt her? There's a quick hospitalization, a disclosure, a bond with one of her students, Mathilde, and a dark chasm that seems to be opening in front of her: can Helen do anything about the problem she won't discuss, or will it swallow her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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To reach the light, we have to face the darkness. [Scandinavian DVD.] See more »

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

26 November 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Gillian Anderson originally was set to play "Helen" but dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Barnes: Your wife is not unhappy, Mr Leonard. Your wife is ill.
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The young and cinema
Performed by Marcin Wasilewski Trio
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A one of a kind masterpiece
22 April 2014 | by barak-sprinkSee all my reviews

This movie is a masterpiece into the mind of depression, as being a person with many non severe depressions, I found this movie in-sighting. Too sadly the subject of depression is a taboo and does not get the proper spot on the screen. This is a one of a kind movie that deals with that bravely and straight forward. With no doubt this movie is depressing, but I think it might help people in need,because it shows that you are not alone, and that many people have been in this situation. I recommend you to google the name "Andrew Solomon" which the movie start with his quotation, he have many interesting on the subject. Lastley I think that this movie got a low score is due the fact that people are afraid to deal with this subject.


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