Ordinary People. It was released in 1980, directed by the awesome Robert Redford (his directorial debut--he won an Oscar for Best Director) starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton. The thing that attracted me to this classic is of course the story: Conrad, who are traumatized by his brother Buck's death due to a boating accident.
The story revolves around the family's life after Buck's death. Conrad attempted suicide, probably because he blamed himself for Buck's death. He was hospitalized for four months. After his release, he was refered to psychiatrist Dr. Berger, who helped him overcome with his trauma, self-blame and understanding of the people around him. Like his mother Beth. Conrad thinks that his mother loved his brother more that she loves him and somehow doesn't connect with her. I think, Beth is still struggling on her own and pretends that everything is normal, that a horrible thing just happened and went. In the end, Conrad excepted his mother as she is.
Most people probably hate these kind of movie but I loved it. It gives me insight of what's going on behind closed door of a session. Isn't that cool? And a reminder of bad things can happen to anyone so be grateful of what you have. Bad things can make positive changes, like strengthen you or your relationship with other people.
Sometimes in life you just have to deal with the painful past. Shoving them aside and pretending that it's just any other event won't make it go away. As I always say, admitting, accepting, step to the future!