Movies about mental illness, be they comedy or drama, are a pretty touch and go topic. It can turn out remarkable or they can crash and burn. Doubly so if you're planning to make a movie with comedy and drama. In the case of 'Silver Linings Playbook', directed by David O. Russell, it was definitely a gamble that paid off.
The movie focuses on a young man, played by Bradley Cooper, and his ongoing struggle to maintain some semblance of sanity after a stint in a mental institute due to a violent meltdown at the hands of his adulterous wife. After his release, he has every intention of patching things up with his estranged wife but a restraining order prevents him from doing so. Not to mention re-forging the family ties severed in the process of his breakdown.
Cue Jennifer Lawrence, a young woman with deep troubles of her own. With a link to his wife, she agrees to help win her back on the condition she gets something in return; to help her dance in an upcoming dance competition.
With scenes that left me (and the rest of the cinema) laughing out loud to moments that left me feeling emotionally raw, this movie is a definite rollercoaster of highs and lows. I felt this movie. It touched my heart and my mind and it's definitely no surprise that this movie has been nominated for an Oscar.