Netflix, To The Bone - What did you think?Watch this thread
I thought 13 Reasons Why's portrayal of depression was a pile of trollop and that the suicide scene was extremely inapproprate.
I feel like Netflix have redeemed themselves slightly with To The Bone - it probably helps that the director and Lily Collins had both experienced eating disorders. However it's a bit messed up that Lily Collins was allowed to lose weight for the role (even if she was given a dietician) and I understand that showing a person in such a waif-like state has the potential to be a massive trigger for those who are currently suffering or have suffered from eating disorders in the past. Likewise, this could also be a trigger for those who have never suffered from an eating disorder, but are vulnerable to having such thoughts.
I enjoyed the film, but these thoughts ran through my mind whilst watching - I'm not sure what to think.
Anyone here fancy giving me their opinion? In particular, is there anyone here with / who had an eating disorder that can explain how they feel?
I haven't watched it yet but I will watch it tonight when I get home. I have suffered from an eating disorder and kind of still do so I shall see what it is like.
It's not a Netflix original which helps, too. Marti Noxon kept creative control of the story which I think was a massive factor in keeping it 'real'.
Whilst I've never had experience of inpatient treatment (I've been hospitalised though) I thought that the depiction of what treatment like that was completley wrong - 'just eat what you want' is never going to happen, and when I was in general hospital it was 'you will eat this all, no ifs or buts and you will stay here until you've done it' or 'we are not discharging you until you've eaten all your meals' and stuff, so I thought that was not accurate.
I thought that the family therapy session was quite accurate in a way, and that made me cry quite a lot - especially what the sister said and when Ellen apologised for being a 'problem not a person' because that's exactly how I used to feel in my family sessions.
And when the doctor said that sometimes people need to hit rock bottom to come up again, I thought that was very true.
Overall, I thought it was ok, not amazing, but ok.
I also applaud the creators of the film for daring to explore a difficult thing such as anorexia, and i applaud anyone who attempts to do so.
It was a shame they incorporated a romance to be honest, I'd have preferred to see the recoveries and further struggles of each character
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