Thoroughbreds Hit Way Too Close To Home In A Good Way

Posted by Amber Adams | May 29, 2018 | Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, PTSD, Relationships, Reviews | 0 |

Go watch the movie Thoroughbreds right now! This new Indie flick is a cinematic work of art. It’s a classy black comedy thriller (the first one I’ve made it through!) that can be likened to a 2018 American Psycho. It’s about two very different girls, Lily, and her sociopathic friend, Amanda, who form an unusual friendship that spirals into a very dark bond.

Lily feels everything and Amanda feels “nothing.” Amanda openly admits to being a sociopath but says she has a mixed diagnosis, including borderline personality disorder, antisocial and schizoid tendencies. She coaches Lily on how to cry on cue and emulate emotions. She’s brilliantly emotionless in a borderline enviable way. And that’s because I battle Bipolar Disorder and feel that I have little control over my emotional exhibitions.

Thoroughbreds has so many storylines that were incredibly relatable to my life. Lily, who is an otherwise normal and academically inclined student, is experiencing an increased tension between her wealthy Step Dad & subsequently her Mother who won’t defend her. You have no idea how close to home this hits for me, and I’m sure many of you out there have gone through the same thing. The greatest tensions in my life have been the relationships between my step parents and me. Most of the conflict arose because it seemed like my parents were still childlike themselves. It’s as though they wanted to parent/discipline you, but they lacked the maternal/paternal instincts to instruct properly. It was mixed messages galore.

This undertone is perfectly depicted in the subtle escalation in plans after Lily’s dad died. Now her stepdad wants to send her off to boarding school and cut her off financially because he was reacting to her instead of listening. My stepdad also wanted to ship me off for “behavioral issues” (read: untreated bipolar symptoms after a suicide attempt) as he didn’t listen to me and wasn’t very caring toward me even when I tried to take my own life.

One night, Lily reveals her plan to stab her stepdad to death and frame Amanda. Lacking emotion but showing support, Amanda encourages her by insisting her own life has no meaning. Her low was more of a factual reaction than a depressive response. She even plays along in being framed for his brutal murder (that Lily did)- which played out brilliantly in sound effects off-screen, while showing a still frame of Amanda on the couch. And NO! I did not try and kill my stepfather. All of my relationship feelings toward him occurred before the murder aspect of this film.

What I loved most about this film is the actual social commentary. You have Lily, with no mental health issues, and Amanda, who has a myriad of issues she battles every day. Yet, in the end, it was Lily who committed the murder and went on to live ‘a normal life’, while Amanda dealt with the consequences by getting sent away to a mental institution. As the film suggests, the visibly crazy ones (Amanda) aren’t always the most dangerous. And as someone who battles mental illness every second of the day, it was quite enjoyable to see the filmmakers not portray the person with mental illness as the monster. Thoroughbreds is genuinely a fantastic depiction that comes full-circle.

I give t a 10/10. Go watch this!


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