Ooooh JasminePosted: October 18, 2013 Filed under: ART, D.I.V.O.R.C.E, WRITERS | Tags: Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, anxiety, Australian actresses, Bobby Cannavale, Carly Simon - You're So Vain, Cate Blanchett, divorce aftermath, divorce films, emotional abuse, films set in San Francisco, living with a narcissist, Louis CK, Michael Stuhlbarg, NPD, personality disorders, Peter Sarsgaad, Sally Hawkins, self medicating, self-absorption, trigger warnings, Woody Allen films 2 Comments
This week I went to the movies to see Blue Jasmine with a fellow gay divorcee, and I think this Woody Allen film should come with a trigger warning. If you’ve ever been in a long term relationship which turned out to be a total lie, Jasmine may freak with your head. Every time Jasmine’s anxiety made her pop a Xanax, I kept looking at the audience before I could decide whether to laugh, cry or yell out, ‘Yes! This is what a relationship with a narcissist will do to you.’ Cate Blanchett is brilliant as Jasmine but I didn’t laugh much as it was so close to home. I was reminded of my own hospitalisations and escape four years ago. I left the theatre feeling very anxious and I’m glad my friend and I had a chance to ‘debrief’ afterwards. When she remarked, “That was just like our relationships, except on a grander scale,” I finally felt like I could laugh.