Exploring the world of a mental health clinic in Japan through the eyes of patients, doctors, staff, volunteers and home-helpers, Mental gets to know men and women of all ages and backgrounds dealing with mental health disorders. They include a businessman suffering from burn-out, a woman with an eating disorder stemming from comments that her legs were too fat and a mother who took her own child's life. Each has their own way of dealing with their illness, ranging from religion and philosopy to creativity. Treating them is Masatomo Yamamoto, a doctor trying to support patients so they can exist in society. Closely depicting the daily lives of patients - revealing their struggles, anxieties and moments of joy - and the difficulties in maintaining mental health services in the face of budget deficits, Mental is a complex, rewarding and eye-opening film.
Also showing as part of our Kazuhiro Soda season - The Big House, Campaign, Peace, Inland Sea
dir. Kazuhiro Soda
run-time: 120 minutes
£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)