Monday, March 5, 2012

Apart


A Film by Aaron Rottinghaus
Recently I was contacted about a soon to be released movie and frankly, I’m intrigued. I think you might be as well.  
The film is called APART, and is the journey of the tragically star-crossed Noah and Emily who are linked by a rare psychological disorder classified as ICD-10 F24, Madness of Two. Drawing from actual case history, this richly evocative and unsettling mystery holds a love story that will haunt you long after the final scene.  APART stars Olesya Rulin (High School Musical), Josh Danziger, Joey Lauren Adams (Big Daddy, Chasing Amy) and Bruce McGill (Collateral, Law Abiding Citizen), and will be in select theaters, On Demand nationwide and on iTunes, starting March 9th. 
About the Film:
Noah Greene (Josh Danziger) awakens from a two-year coma. His memories are hazy; even as he rehabilitates himself, he remains lost in his own life. His inquiries into how he arrived at his condition are vague and evasive. Best not to dwell on them, he’s told. Focus on the future. He’s got his whole life ahead of him.

But the pull of the past is inexorable, and as Noah digs deeper into his half-remembered life, he is forced to confront the suspicions of those around him, as well as a pair of shattering tragedies that both bind him to and drive him away from the girl he loves. The first of these – a school bus accident when they were young children – has forever connected him to his playmate Emily Gates (Olesya Rulin). The result of the accident is a rare disorder called folie à deux (referred to as ICD-10, F.24), where the traumatized Emily suffers disturbing and precognitive visions for the rest of her life – visions which Noah also experiences, but only in proximity to Emily.

(Folie á deux – literally means a madness shared by two – while uncommon, is an actual psychological condition, with cases recorded as far back as the 19th Century. The nature of the disorder at the center of APART is based on actual case study)

As Noah returns to his hometown, determined to discover the cause of his injury and memory loss, he re-connects with Emily – still as luminously beautiful as she was in high school, but damaged and lost, cut off from her family, and only sporadically taking the medication she requires to keep her horrifying visions in check. Together, Noah pieces together the nature of the relationship they enjoyed as  teenagers: warm, familiar, achingly tender… a closeness that should have blossomed into romance, save for the catastrophes of the past.

Gradually, the night that changed their lives comes into focus: A football game. A party. A rival for Emily’s affections. A bereaved and vengeful parent. A fire. But how do the pieces fit together? What was real, and what may have been a dangerously shared delusion? When the truth is revealed, it will change Noah’s and Emily’s lives once again, leaving them desperately hoping their rediscovered love might survive, and terrified that it may be doomed forever. In the end, only one choice will save them.

This film promises to look at two people dealing with a rare condition in a very visceral way.  From what I’ve seen in the content of this film so far, I have high hopes that they will portray something in a way that is very true and meaningful to how two people might actually experience this phenomena. I for one, am excited to see how they pull it off.
Check out the trailer:
 

You can also visit the Official website @ www.madnessoftwo.com

True to my usual form I looked up a little about this disorder. I’ve never heard of it before but I’m fascinated. Madness of Two is a shared psychosis and is also known as Induced Delusional Disorder in the ICD-10 or Shared Psychotic Syndrome in the DSM-IV.
F24 Induced Delusional Disorder
A rare delusional disorder shared by two or occasionally more people with close emotional links. Only one person suffers from a genuine psychotic disorder; the delusions are induced in the other(s) and usually disappear when the people are separated. The psychotic illness of the dominant person is most commonly schizophrenic, but this is not necessarily or invariably so. Both the original delusions in the dominant person and the induced delusions are usually chronic and either persecutory or grandiose in nature. Delusional beliefs are transmitted this way only in uncommon circumstances. Almost invariably, the people concerned have an unusually close relationship and are isolated from others by language, culture, or geography. The individual in whom the delusions are induced is usually dependent on or subservient to the person with the genuine psychosis.
Diagnostic Guidelines
A diagnosis of induced delusional disorder should be made only if:
(a) two or more people share the same delusion or delusional system and support one another in this belief;
(b) they have an unusually close relationship of the kind described above;
(c) there is temporal or other contextual evidence that the delusion was induced in the passive member(s) of the pair or group by contact with the active member.

I encourage you to check out this movie and share your thoughts. I hope the portrayal is as meaningful as it seems to be. The reality of mental illness is very difficult for those not suffering with it to understand, so the prospect that someone could demonstrate it in a way that is understandable and moving would be something to commend.
March 9th. Save the date.

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