The shift between reality and fantasy is a topic that has been approached by many filmmakers for its complexity, abnormality and field of the unknown. Schizophrenia, as a mental disorder which confuses the individual in separating illusion from what is real is a highly interesting subject to dive into in order to explore what we don’t understand and highlight the struggles it brings to the character and the surrounding world. Wether portraying a schizophrenic clearly or leaving it to the subtle interpretation of the viewer, whether observing the matter from the outside or dragging the audience into the same mental state as the character, let’s take a look at the list of top movies about schizophrenia and find out which way they’ve tackled the theme. You can watch some of these best Schizophrenia movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
12. The Soloist (2009)
Jamie Foxx does an amazing job at portraying the character of a kind but unstable schizophrenic in the 2009 biographical drama “The Soloist”. Based on a true story it recounts the friendship that is created between a Los Angeles Times journalist looking for an engaging story to write about and a homeless cello prodigy attained with mental problems where he struggles in perceiving reality and hears voices in his head. After the article is published things start to change and the journalist’s help augment’s the man’s lifestyle quality, however schizophrenia seems to reign more than the real world does. An honest and realistic portrayal of existing struggle people deal with out in the world.
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11. Pi (1998)
Darren Aronofsky’s directorial debut is propelled with “Pi”, a film about mental obsession, paranoia and numbers, numbers and numbers. Max Cohen is a number theorist and believes that everything can be explained in numbers through patterns and correlations. Living in his small apartment in New York’s Chinatown he barricades himself from the social world and obsesses over a number he finds during his programming experiments. Haunted by headaches and hallucinations, this schizophrenic character goes on a surrealistic psychological journey in a mathematical universe. An intelligent piece of work by the acclaimed director who somehow always manages to bring his audience into a crazy mental voyage.