“It’s a war within yourself that never goes away.”
― Luis Montalvan, 'Buried Above Ground' (2015)
While the diagnosis of PTSD did not exist until the early 1980s, filmmakers have been exploring the horrifying and detrimental impact of psychological trauma for decades.
Moral injury is closely related, but refers to an injury to an individual's moral conscience as a result of a perceived transgression which produces profound emotional distress.
What is Moral Injury? via PBS:
Why Is Hollywood Only Now Figuring Out How to Portray PTSD Sensitively? via Vulture:
The portrayal of PTSD in 'American Sniper', via Psychology Today:
On 'Christopher Robin', War, and PTSD, via The New Yorker:
Every film, tv show, short film, and clips I have watched over the course of the year.
In Theatres: Molly's Game, I Am Love, City of Women, I Tonya, Allure, Belle de Jour (35mm print), Phantom Thread, Hostiles, Paddington 2, Annihilation, Bad Timing, The Thing, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, Thoroughbreads, Game Night, Tomb Raider, Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence, Unsane, Isle of Dogs (2x), Love Simon, A Quiet Place, You Were Never Really Here, The Endless, Tully, Deadpool 2 (early screening), La Chinoise, The Seventh Seal, Eraserhead, Disobedience, Hereditary (early screening), The Death of Stalin, Solo, A Clockwork Orange, First Reformed, Ocean's 8 (premiere, 2x), The Virgin Spring, Incredibles 2, Hotel Artemis, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Summer Interlude, Hour of the Wolf, Shame, Persona, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Sorry to Bother You (2x), Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot, Blindspotting (early screening), Eight Grade, The Spy Who Dumped Me, My Name is Julia Ross, BlacKkKlansman, Paris Texas, Rope, Christopher Robbin, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, We the Animals, Las Hijas de Abril, Tank Girl, Cries and Whispers, White Boy Rick, Mandy, Autumn Sonata, Assassination Nation (early screening), A Simple Favor,
188 international critics and curators choose the five new releases that made the biggest impression on them in 2017. Rising to the top are some exciting new voices, new visions and new forms...
Practically the whole of your childhood is dead (including the Powerpuff Girls), bigotry has entered the White House, we are about to face similar problems for the same reason, and Pokémon have taken people out of reality and off of cliffs. It's no wonder I go to the cinema so many goddamn times. However, with all these disinteresting sequels and "original" concepts, I don't see that happening nearly as much as 2016.
As far as I know, there's no farting corpses, very little hot dogs, hardly any seagulls, no chance of cute 3D redheads and a bunch of gems I've already witnessed first at a festival. Until another festival can surprise me, be it Flare, Sundance, LFF or even the LIAF, the most notable experience I can think of as of yet is seeing who else will attend the My Little Pony movie.
One thing's for sure - there will be less to see than last year, and the rising interest in digital releases doesn't help (especially with the region cheats). Will there be another Carol like there was twice last year, not counting their UK releases this year? Or is 2017 just going to be the weakest year for film by far? Unless we act soon, it won't just be democracy that's dead.