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Postby 44 » Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:53 am

Hey I was wondering if any of you knew of any movies about BPD. I know of Girl Interupted is about a borderline personality, but can anyone think of any others?

Your imput is appreciated.
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Postby RedFaction » Sun Jan 01, 2006 9:29 am

Prozac Nation

I don't think the synopsis says it's about that. In fact I don't think they ever mention it by name in the movie but the main character clearly has this problem. It's also a very good movie. Great acting.
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Postby Becka » Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:09 pm

I'm not too sure about ficticious characters in movies but apparently Jim Morrison was an 'undiagnosed borderline', that is according to some psychologist that decided to slap the label on him...but you could say that after reading about his life and his strange behaviour

Postby crazydiamond » Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:03 am

Prozac Nation is a fantastic book which goes far beyond where the movie goes. It's more focussed on depression than BPD, but as these two illnesses often overlap, it is still fascinating.

Postby angelkarmachic » Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:37 pm

Not all of these movies are cinematic masterpieces, but they do portray (stereo-)typical BPD characters and behaviors:

Boogie Nights
Numerous brilliantly disordered performances -- esp. Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds -- in this really excellent film about the 70's porn industry and its denizens in search of "family."

White Oleander
Realistic and scary portrait of Michelle Pfeiffer as homicidal BPD mother whose daughter must grow up in foster care, and their troubled relationship.

Mommie Dearest
Eerily accurate portrait of BPD/NPD Hollywood mother Joan Crawford. Based on the autobiographical book by Christina Crawford (who also wrote the intro to C. Lawson's Understanding the Borderline Mother)

Girl, Interrupted
(for the record: Angelina Jolie's character is a classic acting-out Borderline; Winona Ryder is less convincing as an acting-in Borderline in the title role) I recommend the book instead.

What Lies Beneath
Harrison Ford -- in an atypical role -- as gaslighting BPD husband

Now, Voyager
Film classic with Betty Davis, Claude Rains - middle-aged daughter of a shrewish, domineering BPD mother attempts to find her own path through therapy.

Body Heat
Kathleen Turner as seductress Maddy; William Hurt as a typically gullible non-Borderline -- great movie, too!

Ordinary People
Mary Tyler Moore is excellent as icy suburban BPD wife and mother who splits her sons and husband good/bad.

Betty Blue
Beatrice D'alle is brilliant as love-obsessed, self-injuring Betty, completely intertwined with her classically non-Borderline lover Zorg, in this gorgeous and tragic French film

Gia: Too Beautiful to Die, Too Wild to Live (1998 HBO film, available on videotape)
Directed by Michael Christofer, starring Angelina Jolie as the tragic supermodel Gia Marie Carangi.
For my money, this biographical movie is the very best screen representation of a female Borderline, vastly more emotionally insightful than Fatal Attraction. Jolie is uncannily brilliant in this Golden-Globe-winning role (and has written about her own personal experience with self-injury).

Fatal Attraction
Glenn Close as raging Borderline mistress

Sophie's Choice
Kevin Kline as Sophie's (Meryl Streep) very convincing BPD/Addict lover. William Styron's novel is even better in its detailed character study.

Single White Female
Jennifer Jason Leigh is just TOO realistic as scary BPD roommate

Sleeping with the Enemy
Patrick Bergin as Borderline/OCD husband to Julia Roberts' terrified wife.

Basic Instinct
(Sharon Stone as the classic bisexual femme fatale)

Black Widow
Theresa Russell as 'serial wife' caught by an unstoppable Debra Winger

The Effect of GammaRays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
http://www.amctv.com/show/detail/0,,8991-1-EST,00.html Joanne Woodward won the Best Actress award at Cannes for her portrayal of a domineering alcoholic mother of two teenage daughters in this film version of Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

All About Eve
Brilliant story of friend-betraying actress/social-climber Eve Harrington, played to conniving, innocent-eyed perfection Anne Baxter.
Brilliant, entertaining classic with Bette Davis as the betrayed mentor.

Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Bette again in a NonBP role; this time playing the victim of a scheming cousin out for her property. Great illustraton of 'gaslighting.'

Play Misty for Me
Obsessed onetime fling Jessica Walter stalks Clint Eastwood

2002 film with Gina Gershon, Michael Biehn

Henry & June
(Maria de Medeiros as Anais Nin)

Breakfast at Tiffany's
(Audrey Hepburn as Borderline-Lite Holly Golightly, trying to please everyone but herself, and terrified of love)

After Hours
Fabulous dark comedy with Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne

(Jessica Lange as Frances Farmer)

Looking for Mr. Goodbar
(Diane Keaton: schoolteacher by day, cruising sex-addict by night)

A Streetcar Named Desire
(or any filmed fiction by Tennessee Williams -- "Blaaaaanche!")

Dangerous Liasons
(John Malkovitch/Glenn Close as Borderline/NPD couple)

Memento (Guy Pierce as dissociative amnesiac)

Borderline Normal
Depicts the effects of maternal parental alienation on the child of a divorcing couple. 2002

Really cheesy but clinically pretty accurate 1982 TV movie with Shannon Dougherty

"SHE said: They had an affair. They were in love. He was leaving his wife. HE said: It never happened. Who do you believe?" 2002 TV movie with Jenna Elfman

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Postby emmsypoo » Mon Jan 16, 2006 11:25 pm

ive not seen any of the movies karma mentioned :-s speaking of karma where is she? she aint bin on in a while :( i miss her xx
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Postby LisaR » Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:11 pm

One of the best movies on BPD I have ever seen is American Beauty, with Kevin Spacey, he is dealing with his wifes BPD on a 4 axis stage, he tries to compensate by just taking charge of his own life and living it to the fullest. Good movie by the way.
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Postby Guest » Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:51 pm

The movies I saw that helped me were white oleander, mommie dearest and a fairly new movie called Hush it had Gwyneth Paltrow in it. Anyways there are lots of movies out there about borderline but don't forget to throw in the funny one to cheer you up a bit as well. :)

Postby Alethiea » Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:49 pm

Sophie's Choice isn't a good borderline movie, imo, as the character in it isn't borderline, he's a paranoid schizophrenic; at least, that's what I believe they called him in the movie. Similarly, White Oleander is also put forward as a movie about a narcissistic mother, and Sleeping with the Enemy's husband is a narcissist as well. Betty Blue is definitely borderline, however.

The best borderline movie of all is Blue Sky, with Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones. She does the classic Stay Away/Don't Leave Me routine. I love the reconciliation scene. Anyone else remember this one?

I don't know; sometimes I find these movies hard to watch. My life's pretty normal. I don't think about what might have happened if I'd been worse. I watched Betty Blue once; I couldn't do it again.

Postby MSBLUE » Fri May 05, 2006 10:37 am

Biography of Princess Diana

The role in Single white female is actually a sociopathic character. I just did a study on this via another post.

And winona in girl interrupted isn't bpd, angelina is. Winona thought she had issues til she hospitalized herself and then realized she really didn't have issues, it was just life.
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