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Mental Illness: Major Films  
TitleMad Love (1995)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental
CountryUSA
Length96
GenreDrama/Road movie
Rating2
DirectorAntonia Bird
CastChris O'Donnell Drew Barrymore Matthew Lillard Richard Chaim Robert Nadir
NotesA studious teenage boy falls for a mentally ill girl. After a suicide attempt her father has her committed to a mental hospital. The boy frees her and the film becomes a road movie. By the end he realises she is more ill than he supposed . Together they return and she goes back to hospital but in Chicago where she originally came from. The film ends with their corresponding with each other. This is basically a romance and fails to show us what clinical depression is. Medical diagnosis is glossed over and her condition is shown in the form of mood swings and gooky behaviour. Watchable but fails to enlighten.

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