Intellectually, she understands the consequences and is willing to take that risk. Maggie Black 2017 Directed by Stanley Brode. Actually, adding to the dullsville Maggie never seeks to harm herself or threaten harm to anyone. When husband grabs her shoulder an assault she pushes his arm away and there is an 'accident. As she and her husband try to prepare their new home for their baby, Maggie descends into a nightmare of her own making.
Even the final scene wimps out. Her therapist finally found the right combination of medications to stabilize her mood, but they have serious side effects, especially on the baby. However, you are still left feeling uneasy. Haunted by her past but determined to do what she thinks is best for the baby Maggie secretly stops taking her medications. The absence of any psycho subplots is glaring. She starts off as a loving mother who puts her child first but forsakes so much in the process.
Her father also suffered from mental illness, so they have explored what options would be best for their future children. Starring Jessalyn Maguire, Chris Beetem, John Fugelsang, Carolyn McCormick, Christina Pumariega, Chandler Williams, and Nicole Ansari-Cox. Forget complex when this is totally 'predicable' film. In Maggie Black , the titular character sacrifices her sanity and safety to ensure the birth of a healthy baby. Maggie pays dearly for the decision she made.
The film is not about a diagnosis or an illness, rather a real person who makes a series of well-intentioned, but ultimately detrimental choices that force her down a disastrous path. In the end, you get a sense of what actually happened and what was imagined. Their new home provides the perfectly serene atmosphere to work on her eagerly anticipated sophomore book. Maggie stops her meds for the safety of the baby we get to watch her slow burn as the doctors prediction come to pass. Maggie and Tom had taken this into consideration when they discussed having children.
As she slowly spirals out of control, the lines between reality and delusion are blurred. She and her husband, Tom, just moved out to the country and they are thinking of starting a family. Tom was leaning towards adoption, but now that Maggie is pregnant, she insists on keeping their baby. She denied helped when she severely needed it and when she finally reaches out for salvation, it is a little too late. Through conversations with Tom and her therapist, we learn she has suffered from manic episodes and even survived a suicide attempt.
Maggie pays dearly for the decision she made. Her doc tells her: if you stop your meds you will have another dangerous crisis. She also has undeniable and public episodes that confirm her ill health. Scenes are abrupt when she is quick to snap and equally fast to beg forgiveness. The borders between reality and illusion soon become unclear for the writer — and the audience — as she begins to unravel.
Much like Maggie, viewers may be left feeling torn about this film. That is what doctors are for. The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive. . Just Maggie refusing to take her meds leaving us to watch her slow burn into non-life threatening mental illness which does at least produce a healthy baby.
I first saw this film at its premiere on the 2017 film festival circuit and it simply blew me away. Meanwhile, her happiness at her new pregnancy with her husband, Tom Chris Beetem , is dampened by worries. We're told out of the box that Maggie just one year ago was so mentally ill that she attempted suicide. That her lifeline to sanity is her medication regimen. That all changes when they unexpectedly become pregnant.