PSIPOOK | film | prozac nation
Starring: Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Nicholas Campbell
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Elizabeth seems to be rising
above the difficulties of her upbringing as a single child to a divorced
mother and a remote, disinterested father.
She is a gifted writer and something of a prodigy. Her mother has burdened
her with all her with her own hopes and aspirations and has pushed her
to go to Harvard despite their financial hardships. Don’t make the
same mistakes as me, girl — get a life! Elizabeth makes it to Harvard
on a journalism scholarship and just as the future starts to look rosy,
things start to fall apart. She wins a Rolling Stone journalism prize,
becomes compulsive in her behaviour and begins to suffer major mood swings
and depression. She is a Jeckyl and Hyde character: no one can predict
whether she will be fun and affectionate or will be paranoid and abusive.
She bounces from one guy to another looking for approval, but tests the
relationships to breaking point, creating self-fulfilling expectations
of rejection that put her into an emotional tail spin into breakdown.
Review by Chris Page