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Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.

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Paul Dalio

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Paul Dalio
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Holmes ... Carla
Luke Kirby ... Marco
Christine Lahti ... Sara
Griffin Dunne ... George
Bruce Altman ... Donald
Alex Manette ... Eddy
Edward Gelbinovich ... Nick Quadri
Daniel Gerroll ... Dr. Lyon
Patrick Byas Patrick Byas ... Demonix
Genevieve Adams ... Susan
Erick Abbate ... Sammy
James Lecesne ... Frank
James Miles James Miles ... Dan
Angela Pierce ... Sue
Rob Leo Roy ... Gary
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Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a disturbing image, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2017 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Mania Days See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,816, 14 February 2016

Gross USA:

$146,487

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,487
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2.35 : 1
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The movie is based on the life of director Paul dalio. See more »

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Marco: The sun shined as bright as its flame could blaze Trying so hard each day to reach down And touch each face. But they all turned away, bitterly squinting, wincing, so no matter how much it reached out to the human race, it knew it would always be estranged.
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71 - Act 2 - No. 14C Pas de Deux: Variation II, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
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Performed by Valery Gergiev and Kirov Orchestra
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The only way to truly understand and appreciate this movie is if you are bipolar

As much as I wish I could, it would not be fair to give this film a higher rating than I have, the reason being that I understand why it is completely impossible for the vast majority of viewers to ever find this film as moving as I do. Those of us who are members of the elite craft that Marco mentions all see this movie through a completely different lens than those who do not live every day of our lives with this thing that can be just as accurately categorized as an illness as a gift.

Paul Dalio, writer, director, editor and composer of this film, has been through the experience of being hospitalized with a manic episode and subsequently diagnosed and medicated. Using his artistic gift for film making, he has created a story that attempts to show the world what it's like to experience life with bipolar disorder. It is a very nice story that does a good job of deeply exploring the subject matter. However, although he clearly has a gift for storytelling, Dalio's attempt creates something that may be difficult or impossible for most of his audience to relate to. Those of us with bipolar have the same experience when watching this movie as the boomer generation has when watching Forrest Gump - constantly saying to ourselves, "Wow, yeah, I remember that." Everyone else sees something very different, and I could easily understand if the majority of people who see this movie either don't understand it or find it mediocre.

It may be a while before the world is really ready for this movie. Psychology is still a fairly new subject that has only been studied in depth by more than just a few people for the last sixty years or so. I do hope the day will soon come when bipolar disorder will be much better understood by everybody. If that day ever does arrive, then and only then will this movie ever become the classic that I believe it deserves to be.


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