Parents' Guide to

Elyse

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Interesting take on psychological drama; drinking, language.

Movie NR 2020 95 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Drama Inteligencia emocional

Mi primera impresión fue que la madre era agresiva con entorno familiar y niñera Después hay indicios de infancia conflictiva a raíz de suicidio de su padre y rispideces con madre Quizás el marido actúa tarde sobre iniciar tratamiento salud mental En Argentina hay una legislación muy mala en cuanto prohibe internación sin consentimiento del paciente Bipolar, trastorno de personalidad, paranoia, celos... Excelente fotografía, lenguaje crudo, técnica de filmación 40% blanco y negro con detalles y 60% color, música acorde al drama Recomendable para ver en familia, incluso con hijos preadolescentes desde 11-12 años

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This interesting if imperfect drama is the debut film from Stella Hopkins, a writer-director who's married to actor Anthony Hopkins. He elevates Elyse, which has some of the markers of a student film, in the sense that it's clear that Stella Hopkins is still learning the ropes of writing and directing. That "student project" feel gives the movie a naive charm, but some viewers might think it's too naive in how it approaches a heavy subject like mental illness. Plus, it features a non-disabled actor playing a disabled role. According to WebMD, catatonia can occur to one in 10 people with severe mental illness, meaning it isn't an uncommon experience. Could it have been possible to find an actor who had personal experience with catatonia? Possibly. But while it's true that anyone can develop severe mental illness, some viewers might feel offended by seeing Pepper "crip up."

Despite this issue, Elyse is a competently made film that's engrossing despite its dark subject matter. Stylistic choices keep the film feeling unique, and Anthony Hopkins, of course, delivers a solid performance, forcing the other actors to step up their game. As far as debuts go, it's a solid start for Stella Hopkins' film career.

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