Ordinary People 1980
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch
I know what you’re thinking. 1980? I can’t watch anything from then unless its with ironic intent…. but you need to hold that thought, because this is the best performance by Donald Sutherland that you will ever see, if you dont just want to go and nuzzle your face in his aran cardigan by the end of the movie, there’s something wrong with you.
Even though it is nearly 40 years old, this film captures the devastation that tragedy and mental health breakdowns wreak on families whilst being psychologically accurate and creating believable, engaging characters. It’s deeply sad in places but hugely insightful given its age and uplifting in a way you have to see to understand.
Judd Hirsch, as the Psychiatrist, is to this film what Robin Williams is to Good Will Hunting. It wouldn’t be the same picture without him, although he wasn’t one of the many award winners who include Tim Hutton and Mary Tyler Moore for best acting and Robert Redford, who is behind camera as the director.
This is a compassionate and wise film that will leave you feeling whole and restored. Watch it midweek with a cup of herbal tea and a box of tissues or when you wake up in the middle of the night stressed out. Mantra: everything’s going to be ok….
Note; the trailer is a bit naff because of its age, and doesn’t do it justice – you’ll have to trust me on this one….but here it is for reference. If you want to watch it on Amazon, there’s a link below.