This film is marketed as an “Obsessive Compulsive Comedy”. I found it to be more heart-wrenching and hard-hitting than funny, but I highly recommend watching this film. The story follows Mark Furness (Michael Sheen), who has OCD and Tourette’s Syndrome and has just separated from his wife. To try to become the man he used to be, he starts attending support meetings for individuals who suffer from a myriad of mental illnesses. Along the way, he comes to terms with who he is and develops friendships.
The acting is phenomenal. Michael Sheen is incredible as Mark. It was almost painful to watch him as he performed his rituals and held back his outbursts. He was incredibly believable, and made me instantly care about him. Also wonderful was Shirley Henderson as Charlotte, the de facto leader of the support group. She helps Mark cope and come to terms with his illnesses and helps him through the toughest time of his life, while also adding humor to a sensitive subject matter.
I found this film to be a wonderful, hidden gem. Some of the stories of the members of the support group sound outlandish, but for some people, I’m sure those stories are actually reality. This can be a painful watch, but it’s an unflinching, honest look at mental illness and the effect it can have on not just one person, but a wide web of people.