Synopsis by Mark Deming
A woman struggling with mental illness allows us to take a look inside her troubled mind in this experimental drama from Indonesian filmmaker Paul Agusta. A woman (Kartika Jahja) sitting in a colorful room lit by neon tubes smokes cigarettes and talks about her experiences with manic depression and bipolar disorder. As she speaks at length about her condition and the toll it has taken upon her, the screen displays a dizzying variety of images that reflect her unstable moods, running the gamut from a dangerous escape down a raging river to impressionistic tableaux created using stop-motion animation. Both filmmaker Agusta and star/co-screenwriter Johja have been diagnosed with manic depression in real life, and their personal histories informed Di Dasar Segalanya (aka At The Bottom Of Everything), which was an official selection at the 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
emotional-problems, instability, mental-illness