• Question: what's your favourite psychology based film?

    Asked by keira on 27 Nov 2023.
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      Ed Morrison answered on 27 Nov 2023: last edited 27 Nov 2023 8:52 am

      To some extent all films are psychological. But if I had to pick one that is about a specific psychological condition, it would be Memento.

      But my favourite films include: Blade Runner, The Shawshank Redemption, and Pan’s Labyrinth, which are all psychological in their way.

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      Elizabeth Newton answered on 27 Nov 2023:

      I love Memento, it deals with memory loss-anterograde amnesia where you can’t form new memories. I also love the Matrix as an exploration of consciousness

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      David McGonigle answered on 30 Nov 2023:

      Well, there are a number of films that deal with issues in psychology/psychiatry. All of the below are great films as well, tho’!

      One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest: electroshock, societal ideas of ‘madness’

      Paris, Texas: fugue states, psychological trauma

      Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: neuro-editing of memories to create a new reality, the ethics of these treatments.

      Awakenings: loose adaptation of oliver sack’s work in ‘awakening’ sleeping sickness patients using similar medications that are used to treat parkinson’s disease.

      Vanilla sky: yes, it has tom cruise (!), but moving beyond that – an interesting exploration of the ethics of virtual, cryogenic life.

      But overall? Like the other answers, I’ve chose a Chris Nolan film: ‘Inception’. It’s a guilty pleasure with just enough science to justify it’s inclusions – and it makes people think. We ran a public showing of the film at Cardiff when it was released, and had a panel of sleep scientists, philosophers etc along to comment – there was a LOT of really heated discussion!

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      Berengere Digard answered on 30 Nov 2023:

      I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Awakenings (because it’s based on a book by one of my favourite author Oliver Sacks!), and Inside out! This animation film is amazing to understand emotion processing and some mental health issues.

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      Emma Sullivan answered on 11 Dec 2023:

      Ah its the same as my favourite disney film Inside Out- I love the connections to emotions, thoughts and memory