“Tragedy can be prevented. Death can be prevented.” With the memory of anguish and poverty as a father he felt in the face of his son’s mind a morbid plotter and storyteller. Florian Zeller The aim is to organize an art journey to open a discussion about this problem, one of the biggest health crises that the world has experienced since the declaration of the pandemic. He wrote El hijo, a story that took place on stages in many countries around the world and is currently undergoing a film adaptation.
“The story and now the film are a way to share these emotions, to heal something and also to fight against shame,” said Zeller, who personally suffered the extreme inability to help his son, one of the millions of young people on the planet today, who suffer from depression, hurt themselves or and cause destructive tendencies. One in four young Spaniards claimed to have mental health problems, according to a recent study COSMO-Spain about Charles III Health Institute prepared between February and March 2012.
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The film, which was released in the last edition Venice festivalIt is part of the trilogy that this director started with the father-winner of the twoscarfor best screenplay and best actor.Anthony Hopkins) – and which seems to close with La madre and with Isabella Huppert to lead into office. This time he is an Australian player Hugh Jackmanimpressed by Zeller’s previous work, he pursued a project of which he is the lead and executive producer. “Suicide, depression and anxiety affect many people. A conversation about why is necessary. We need to talk about this, to bring ourselves to it,” writes the translator in the notes of the production of the film, where the father gives his life. he does not know how to help his son.
Peter divorced Kate (Laura Dern), innovated and already the baby father. He lives happily in a professional career and with the conviction that he can rule the whole world, at least until his ex-wife shows up pleading for help in caring for their seventeen-year-old son Nicolas. The son’s great sadness ends with the security with which the father lives, conscious after a painful process that he cannot help him.
“It must be a tragedy”;
Written again Christopher Hamptona film less cinematically ambitious than the previous one, in which the filmmaker proposed to enter the viewer’s head about the character of Anthony Hopkins, a man with dementia. Here, Florian Zeller opted for a linear narrative and simplicity, with minimal display of performance.
A certain camera at the beginning of the story, which accompanies the confidence of the father’s character, and which gradually shakes until the story closes in the story told in the camera, with the doubts and imperfections of that father and mother. Ancest, swaying with the affliction of his son. In addition, Zeller escapes in the film from the theatrical framework in which his story was born.
“I wanted to do something very simple, like a straight line to an obvious destination. I had the feeling that it should be a tragedy, so you know where it’s going from the beginning but you can’t change the direction. I wanted to face this problem and do this pain without running away or doing something deceptive,” he said in a recent interview London.
“Not for lack of love”
For he did not finish with the Son, so as to merit merit with the Father, according to the unanimous response of the critics. It was something that the filmmaker admitted that he was waiting for, choosing a less creative and more direct way, but much more effective to win the purpose with which he made it. “People were going around telling this story not knowing what to do.”
An impotence that was perfectly understood by the British writer Christopher Humpton, the writer of two of Zeller’s films and a friend who wanted to accompany him in this process, both cinematically and personally. “I think this speaks a lot to parents who have problems with their beloved children. It is not a lack of love: parents love their children, children love their parents. But in the obstacle that is “Adolescence, people are very vulnerable. It is a time when we young people must be very attentive to the well-being of young people, often a transitional period, but a dangerous time in the lives of many children.
The film took place in the US, where different mental health professionals encouraged the film crew and helped the actors in their work. In that country, over the last two years, there has been a 50% increase in teenagers who have gone to bed time with deadly intent. And secondly Darcy Gruittadarofrom * National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and one of the experts, who was close to the goal, “mental health problems begin in middle life from 14 years and 75% at 25”.