“Frankie and Alice”: A Beautiful Example of Narrative Medicine

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy intuitive response to the movie Frankie and Alice is this: a beautiful representation of literary jazz made into a film.

This movie is one for psychiatrists and the psychologists. It is heart felt, deeply rooted in the idea that the mind-soul desperately seeks to find its way home when it has been betrayed by society, family, and/or self. In the presence of betrayal, the mind-soul tries to find its own self; thus, it becomes the selves entangled by its wounds.

 Frankie and Alice certainly needs to be viewed by folks in the business of helping people find a way to rebirth themselves psychologically. This film is rich and anchoring. Halle Berry successfully becomes the multiple -personalities—of Alice and Genius. She is superb as Frankie. Mr. Oz, played by Stellan Skarsgård, is an example of the psychologist committed to the human being. He is an excellent example of the reason doctors should take a course in Narrative Medicine. Dr. Oz is a doctor who seeks to know and understand his patient’s story. He helps Frankie understand her illness—Dissociative Identity Disorder. As in any doctor patient relationship, Dr. Oz is changed as a result of helping Frankie.

I hear Frankie: “He was going to take me to a place where nothing mattered—not money, not family, not the skin color.” The “he” is “Pete,” her love who died tragically.

That is the transforming message in Frankie and Alice. Love gives the soul its life. To abandon love is to betray the soul, causing the self to be splintered into many selves. Frankie focused on the light and was able to walk into healing!

Frankie and Alice is some collar-green-kinda-good!

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