Yes, A Mouthful of Air Spotlights Depression in a world filled with color. This movie brings to the forefront postpartum depression and mental health in general. It does so, as it features the life of a new mom in a vibrant world of colorful energy. The movie is starred by Amanda Seyfried who plays Julie, a new mom and children’s book author. And, it is based on Amy Koppelman’s book with the same name. We sat with both Seyfried and Koppelman to talk more about their project. Here is our takeaway of the conversation and overall review of A mouthful of air.
A Mouthful of Air Spotlights Depression
Despite a vibrant and rainbowesque colorful world, the movie navigates us through the hardships Julie and her family faces because of mental illness. There is no doubt that the movie touches upon a very important side of motherhood and mental health. It does so with the seriousness it deserves. But, it does not translate into a noire type of film. Helpfully it gives us glimpses of what the main character navigates with her ups, downs, moments of emptiness and of the love that surrounds her.
Perhaps the biggest goal of the creators of the film is to bring mental illness and mental health to the fore front. Since it isn’t always what we think, they stayed away from the stereotypes of, poor example, a goth type. Instead Koppelman shares that “The thing that was most important to me was to have a character that saw all the beauty in the world, loves her family, loved her children, and loved every little yellow flower that pops up through the ice, and still thought the world would be better off without her.” This movie is not afraid to talk about depression and shed some light on it in a very predictable yet, unexpected way.
I do believe Seyfried plays the part amazingly well. Even her eyes speak to the viewer. I can feel the pain of her husband and empathize with his own plight. In the end this affect everyone. While the movie is a bit long and definitively predictable, it opens up the possibility of a conversation on the topic. I do appreciate the beautiful setting and the motherly angst of feeling like so much can happen to your baby if you are not hovering constantly.
Be Kind, Don’t Judge
While we can not recognize the face of depression, let’s all be kind. We don’t know the struggles on the other end. Lend an hand. And, more importantly, remember that new moms need their sleep. Did you know marines are submitted to rigorous training that includes non-sleep and constant baby crying sounds? So, that gives you an idea…. Therefore, next time you hear someone is going through post partum depression, if you can’t help, don’t judge.
A word of caution: I can totally see how this movie would be a big trigger.
About A Mouthful Of Air
Julie Davis, warm, kind, loving to her husband and child, is a bestselling children’s author. While her books deal with unlocking childhood fears, she has yet to unlock the dark secret that has haunted her own life. But when her second child is born, events occur that bring that secret to the fore, and with it, a crushing, powerful battle to survive.
A Mouthful of Air,will be available in theaters starting October 29, 2021.
For more motherhood movies consider The Addams Family 2