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Good Girl review – a beautifully shot but flawed insight into mental illness

Jul 2nd, 2015 by

Watching Solveig Melkeraaen’s film with a psychiatrist gave me answers the audience are denied in this underexplored self-portrait of depression and ECT

Given that in the UK alone around a quarter of the population will experience some sort of mental health problem each year, any documentary exploring the issues is a welcome addition to the debate. Watching Good Girl alongside Dr Peter MacRae, consultant psychiatrist at East London NHS Foundation Trust, offered some interesting insights into both the reality of living with mental health issues and the pros and cons of documenting the experiences of an individual.

Good Girl is a self-portrait of Norwegian filmmaker Solveig Melkeraaen as she undergoes treatment for depression. A successful director at an early age, Melkeraaen found that she was feeling empty and unhappy despite her career and relationship. She decided to film her journey through her illness and recovery, sharing with us a very personal view of the process.

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