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

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... Helen Leonard
... David Leonard
... Mathilda
... Julie
... Dr. Sherman
... Susanna
... Frank
... John
... Kara
... Donna
... Stephen
Alex Stevens ... Woman
... Maire'd
Robin Nielsen ... Stranger
... 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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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Dr. Barnes: Your wife is not unhappy, Mr Leonard. Your wife is ill.
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Too long, too dark
15 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

This movie is way too long for the events it depicts, and way too dark both in content and in the film. I understand the under lighted scenes are supposed to reflect the darkness of depression, but it's as annoying to watch two hours of no one bothering to turn on a light bulb as it is to watch the scenes being drawn out for time needlessly.

I also found it was a completely predictable story.

That being said the score was really good, as was the acting from everyone in this movie. If a half hour more was moved to the cutting room floor it wouldn't be missed and the movie would be better for it, but it would still be a movie few people will want to sit through, a dark drama on clinical depression.


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