Friday, 8 February 2013

Silver Linings Playbook (film)

One film that nearly passed me by in this wonderful glut of good films for January was the off-beat romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook. My partner spotted it for-two-nights-only at Hailsham Pavilion and persuaded me to go. I had already noticed the title, but had seen Bradley Cooper was the star, assumed another 'Hangover' and moved on. Had I trusted my own judgement, we would have missed a treat. So, thank you Dave!

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, Silver Linings Playbook has been nominated for a host of awards. Its odd title is due in part to the 'silver linings' that lead character Pat tries to find in every situation as a result of his bipolar therapy. A 'playbook', Dave tells me, is an American football term and the characters do discuss the sport quite a lot, although not in a way that requires any real understanding of the game on the part of cinemagoers. 'Playbook' has been left out of several international translations of the film's title, but was included for the British release. However, many cinemas have omitted the word from their publicity materials believing that it confuses potential British audiences. I agree - it did me.

Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has been released from a psychiatric hospital after eight months of treatment. His bipolar disorder was blamed and used for a plea-bargain after, having discovered his wife Nikki (Brea Bee) and her lover together, he nearly beat the lover to death. Now he has returned to his parents house to live under their supervision while he tries to re-adjust to the outside world. Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) and the pair become friends as they both share quirky views. However, Pat is determined to win his wife back and Tiffany's suggestion of his partnering her in a dance contest seems the ideal opportunity to show Nikki how much he has changed. But when Pat's father (Robert De Niro) bets all his savings on a double-bet of his football team winning and his son's dance success, the pressure looks set to become too much for both Pat and Tiffany.

Silver Linings Playbook was shown at the end of January at Hailsham Pavilion and at the moment I don't know of any further screenings around the area. I am hoping the film may appear at the Curzon or be chosen by Seaford Community Cinema in the future. If so, I'll put the dates on the Calendar and tweet about it.