Ellen is an unruly 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor. Surprised by the unusual rules, Ellen must discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance.
As a keen fan of Lily Collins, I had to watch this movie. Now it was a little triggering for me, not going to lie here, but that is a known fact. It’s not enjoyable to watch because it is about a serious topic and it, therefore, can be certainly disturbing and do more harm than good to some people. It is acted out incredibly well though, especially by Lily, and I feel like a movie like this is quite essential, seeing the depiction of this disorder.
Keeping in mind that there is no certain way to heal from anorexia and no right way to tell stories about it, I enjoyed the movie as a kind of film that either resonates with you deeply or one that you won’t register.
What I did find to be a disappointment was that the script was quite generic. Other than that the movie painted an indirect vivid and scary look into the disease and had a message to tell, even without a core storyline that I could make out of, and it being a little cliché.
Some say it’s controversial, but once you dive into mental illnesses and diseases, it all becomes controversial and there is simply no truly good movie out there that depicts all the experiences in one piece of work, keeping it realistic while putting a plot on it. I honestly think it’s great that Netflix released a movie about a topic that isn’t touched on much at all.
What do you think? Do you think the movie was wrong? Do you believe it’s important to make these kinds of movies or do you think they might be too triggering?