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I watched this extremely positive Ben Stiller movie one day and I wondered if everyone else has seen it?

It's the most accurate depiction of MD there is, and I got quite embarassed for the lead character because I could relate so much. It's about this guy who daydreams instead of living in the real world, and how it distorts his life(especially social life). Though it's unrealistic I think everyone with MD should watch it. Our disorder is not well known, and it is the first time someone has made a movie about it that I know of. I didn't believe that snapping out of it is as easy as this movie, but it is definately inspiring. 

If you haven't seen it, go watch it!

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I have seen it a few times and I loved it too!


I've watched it twice as well. Such a beautiful, meditative movie. Did it inspire you to do anything differently?

Jui said:

I have seen it a few times and I loved it too!

Bringing a pessimistic note, sorry.

Yes, I saw it and it was inspiring. Inspired me to try new things and take new chances. Then there was a really huge and traumatic failure, which drove me depressed for months.

Nothing is as easy as in movies :/ I mean a movie can inspire you to do something differently, but probably sometimes you're just not ready for this.

Btw read the short story as well - although it's not so inspiring and charming, I think it describes the state in a more true way :)

I tried to do more things which would usually scare me.
Even though I had a situation which didn't turn out so well I am still trying.

Alison is right. The movie takes a small turn where it stipps being 100% realstic but I still believe it can change a lot.

I agree with you - the movie is only realistic up until the point where he begins to travel. That's a real shame, since it makes one feel as if though you need to do something extraordinay in order to lose onseself in the world. 

It didn't matter much to me, though, since I felt that Walter's journey into becoming a fulfilled person was primarily emotional - and I thought that something like Walters progress could still be done without travelling to different countries or nearly dying several times(though that probably is the most effective way to stop DDing in the short term).

I'm glad to hear that it inspired you to do new stuff. Sorry about the fact that you lost all progress again. I have heard about the original Walter Mitty-story - isn't that one terribly depressing? It's the only reason I have avoided it in the past

Alison said:

Bringing a pessimistic note, sorry.

Yes, I saw it and it was inspiring. Inspired me to try new things and take new chances. Then there was a really huge and traumatic failure, which drove me depressed for months.

Nothing is as easy as in movies :/ I mean a movie can inspire you to do something differently, but probably sometimes you're just not ready for this.

Btw read the short story as well - although it's not so inspiring and charming, I think it describes the state in a more true way :)

I totally loved this film too. The first time I saw the trailer I was like: " I gotta see this" and the title is so apt too! It defi is our "secret life"
Oops not to forget the soundtrack is so awesome too!! !

I agree with Sophie. The film was nice as not many films are about daydreaming. I related to the character a lot. But then, the travel, it's just to much out of our reach. It's the usual film fiction saying "you can do everything you want, life is amazing, believe in the American dream". It's exactly one of the reason why we daydream so much, life is so disappointing compared to films.

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