Greg Kinnear’s “Phil” Tackles Depression, Suicide, and Life’s Sense

Greg Kinnear’s “Phil” Tackles Depression, Suicide, and Life’s Sense

Hollywood actor Greg Kinnear has made his directorial debut with the dark dramedy titled,”Phil.”Originally titled, “The Philosophy of Phil,” the movie was completed in 2017.

Kinnear received an Academy Award nomination for being a part of the 1997 romantic dramedy, “As Good as It Gets,” alongside Hollywood A-lister Jack Nicholson.

“Phil” is about Phil McGuire who is portrayed by Kinnear himself. Working as a dentist, the titular character struggles with daily life.

As he faces his mid-life crisis following the failure of his marriage, he also has to deal with the woebegone fact that he is estranged from his daughter.

In Kinnear’s work having its world premiere at the 2019 Sarasota Film Festival next month, Phil desires to get his life back on track.

The existential dramedy shows the depressed character entering a watershed moment when one of his patients, played by actor Bradley Whitford, unexpectedly takes his own life.

Phil’s patient seemed to live a perfect existence and he reckoned him as someone being the happiest person for seemingly having it all.

With his patient’s suicide, Phil engages in a darkly comedic journey. At the Sarasota Opera House, the screening of “Phil” serves as the culmination of the 21stSarasota Film Festival to be held at 6 P.M. on April 13.

Kinnear’s directorial debut movie is certainly relevant in today’s highly stressful times, marked by the global social dilemmas of depression and suicide.

Earlier this month, news outlets worldwide reported that the number of deaths due to drugs, alcohol, and suicide has reached the highest level in the United States in 2017.

The analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Americans have become more depressed.

These findings bolster the World Health Organization’s (WHO) description of the United States reportedly being the “most depressed” country in the world.

Myriads of studies presented grounds for this alarming trend. One of them is that, although social media has enabled the people to connect online, they ironically felt sadder.

Virtual interaction instead made people’s mental health worse as they are merely connected through the Internet but that does not extend in real life.

In addition, from 10 percent in 1985, 25 percent of Americans by 2004 reportedly have no one to confide their serious personal problems with.

Over 50 percent of the population reportedly has no close friends or confidants outside their immediate family.

People have also become more socially isolated as they become more consumed with long work hours to support themselves and their families.

Nurturing healthy social associations seems to be unattainable these days as technology and other demands in life compete with this critical need.

Although drugs that mitigate depression abound, boosting the “feel good” hormones in the people’s brain like dopamine, these are mere temporary antidotes.

Studies attested that depressed patients on medication would reach a tremendously serious low feeling and become more depressed afterward, and this social dilemma has led millions of Americans to terminate their lives.

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