The long dark nightie of the soul

It’s an age old story. Girl meets boy. We presume girl loses boy, because she goes mad in a shoe shop. Girl is taken to hospital for a CT scan, then to an art gallery, and then hospital again where she trashes a room with lots of unnecessary medical equipment in a fit of despair. Yes, it’s the video for The Hours ‘See the Light’ starring the beautiful Sienna Miller.

The video is by Hollywood director Tony Kaye, the art is by Damian Hirst, and the clichés by Charles Dickens.

To be fair, it’s an excellent track, and Miller is emotionally convincing, but I’m always baffled why mentally distressed women are always portrayed in their nighties.

It’s as if bed clothes and unbrushed hair are a unique sign of female psychiatric disorder.

Actually, that might be one to send to the DSM-V committee, although I suspect they’re already on the case.

Link to The Hours video ‘See the Light’ (via @sarcastic_f).

6 Comments

  1. Posted July 8, 2009 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    What a brilliant post. It had me laughing out loud.

  2. Posted July 8, 2009 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Going mad in a shoe shop; now that I can understand :)

  3. karen
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Yes, and mental illness is always exotic and sexy.

  4. Posted July 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Vaughan writes: “I’m always baffled why mentally distressed women are always portrayed in their nighties.”
    Probably because depression is associated with sleeplessness.

  5. Posted July 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Vaughan writes: “I’m always baffled why mentally distressed women are always portrayed in their nighties.”
    That’s not a nightie she’s wearing. It’s a hospital gown (note the ties in the back). Presumably, she’d already been admitted before her adventures in the shop. I suspect it’s allegorical, though – feeling trapped behind glass, screaming but no one can hear you, that sort of thing.

  6. Posted July 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    And it’s always a full moon.


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