Girl, Interrupted (1999)

You changed the scenery but not the fucking situation.

You are a lazy, self-indulgent, little girl, who is making herself crazy… and you’re just throwing it all away.

When you don’t want to feel, death can seem like a dream. But seeing death, really seeing it, makes dreaming about it fucking ridiculous.

I really liked these quotes from the movie. I feel like the first quote can apply to everyone, especially to people with avoidant personalities like myself. It’s a good reminder that you need to address the root of a behavior, mentality, law, trend, etc. to figure out how to improve it. The second quote was a reminder that struggles and the process of overcoming struggles are a gift, and I really loved Whoopi Goldberg’s character for keeping it real with Susanna. Whoopi’s character is so grounded and genuine, and you feel that she’s been through a lot and seen a lot, so it doesn’t feel like she’s speaking out in ignorance when she chides Susanna. Instead, it sounds like a wake up call and a voice of disappointment to Susanna’s inability to appreciate or use the opportunities she’s been given at the hospital. The last quote provides insight to Susanna’s suicidal attempts, and I feel like it can apply to a lot of people struggling with depression. When depressed, you want to stop thinking, stop feeling, stop being stuck in a pool of constant negativity and emptiness, that any form of silence may feel like a dream. But when you realize what death truly looks like and how selfish, futile, and cowardly suicide is, you can perceive life as a gift, short but valuable. Ironically, death teaches us the beauty of life.


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