Come what way, being alive is a smog of sorrow and pain, and passing time will never prove us wrong. Remove from the ground a typical piece of fruit and it is always suffering – becoming juiceless, lifeless one also close to seeing requiem. Try to explain a universe of paradox like the story of The Great Gatsby, you can’t win them all, but you can try. For many years, the attempt to uncover anorexia has been overlooked with the attraction for disturbing images. Directors and producers, readers and writers have become magnetized by appearance. The reality of this condition is that recovery is lost in a far away future.
You might be struggling to recall a good movie about anorexia and you may be searching for some time; that’s because there are almost none. A small number of 90’s films touch on significant symptoms linked to anorexia – but even these fail to grasp complete reality. Earlier this year saw the release of the Netflix film to the bone. With immense failure, Marti Noxon tried to bring the struggles of anorexia to reality; and project them to the big screen. Instead, Marti glamourized anorexia as an expression of artistic taste.
So this month I was happy to see that one of my favourite filmmakers Louis Theroux was set to release a film uncovering the UK’s deadliest mental illness. Anorexia is incessantly growing, with Instagram alone being used as a prolific asset for eating disorder activists. The film was a very distressing insight to how anorexia can not only harm the carrier; but how it can destroy families and separate love.
Throughout the documentary, Louis’s overmodest approach was met with great confidence from the interviewees and inpatients. Their day-to-day habits remained the same, only Theroux’s presence seemed to change their way of thinking. The humanity he showed in this life-altering film taught one patient that family and togetherness are far more important to us than the star-spangled universe is to our world.
“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better” – Haruki Murakami.