George VIKing of the United Kingdom (1895-1952)
Normal trepidation in social situations isn’t social anxiety. In the words of the website for Social Anxiety Support, it’s “a sensation of discomfort, dread or worry that is focused on our relationships with other people and incorporates a concern with being regarded adversely.” When you’re around other people, you feel the weight of their presence crushing you.
It’s tough to capture the silent struggle to get by each day that is social anxiety in real life on television. As a result, documentaries about the disease are so scarce on the big screen. Each depiction becomes more more significant because of the rarity, particularly when the images are painted so powerfully. Here are seven films that really capture the essence of the experience.
1. The King’s Speech
In the best picture Oscar winner of 2010, Colin Firth portrays King George VI as a human being, not an impenetrable monarch. To his counselors’ dismay, he tends to stammer when forced to make public appearances due to his crippling fear of public speaking. And so Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) is brought in to help him with his speech.
The King’s Speech, based on a true story, is distinguished by its conclusion. Forgetting the miracle cure, George uses his newly taught skills to overcome his nervousness and stutter. An honest finish that doesn’t forsake the emotional payoff is what makes this one stand out. It’s a nice feeling to get something in return for your hard work.
Josh (Tyler Langdon) suffers from severe anxiety in this 2011 film. Both to see whether he can improve and to build a closer bond with the program coordinator, Aurora, prompts him to try an experimental form of anxiety therapy (Laura Alexandra Ramos). Josh’s symptoms span from social anxiety to panic attacks, a true-to-life depiction of how social anxiety manifests itself in real life.
3. Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon (Jon Heder) is awkward, but Deb (Tina Majorino), the protagonist’s buddy, is the best example of the symptoms of social anxiety in this 2004 independent film. As compared to Napoleon, who doesn’t give a fuck about what other people think, Deb cares deeply about what they think. She’s apprehensive from the start, as she tries to sell her photography services door-to-door in order to generate money for college.
In his film Worry in 2003, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman employed a novel storytelling device to tackle the topic of anxiety. As Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage), he not only plays himself, but he has a twin, Donald (also Cage), who is more successful. The Orchid Thief, written by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), is the focus of the plot, which is partly autobiographical. Instead of adapting The Orchid Thief, Kaufman made a film about his own creative process.
The book Adaptation shows how difficult it can be to deal with social anxiety on a day-to-day basis. Charlie, on the other hand, is a genius but plagued by debilitating anxiety. It’s a fascinating film that takes a real-world issue and turns it into a powerful metaphor.
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A man who suffers from social anxiety is paired with a woman who appears to have no such issues. Is it so horrible that you need to forget about it for good? In the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) discuss their regretful (perhaps) but ultimately forgettable (he hopes) relationship (Kate Winslet).
In the movie, Joel is portrayed as a hermit who avoids social interaction and prefers to be by himself. While Clementine is a free-spirited individual with brightly colored hair, she has a zest for life. Clementine “saved” Joel in other flicks that weren’t quite as powerful. Is it possible that this is how life works and Joel’s narrative is true? It is filmmaker Michel Gondry’s credit that he doesn’t shy away from the complexity of their encounters.
The character of Amélie, as well as the film adaptation, offer a unique perspective on what it’s like to deal with social anxiety. She (as represented by Audrey Tautou) likes to have a good impact on the lives of others rather than engage directly with them. She prefers to do it from a distance.
This exploration of Amelie’s dissatisfaction with herself takes place as she learns to use these small, positive manipulations. She displays extreme anxiety in even her most intimate exchanges. The other part of the movie is about her own struggle to overcome it.
7. Punch-Drunk Love
His portrayal of Barry Egan in this 2002 film may be Adam Sandler’s greatest role, because to his believable portrayal of a guy with anxiety. This guy has a few more temper tantrums than the others on this list, but his main flaw is how he treats other people. Self-consciousness just serves to amplify the absurdity of his situation.
Punch-Drunk Love’s seven sisters, all of whom mistreat him, are a fascinating aspect of the film. Does one’s upbringing have a significant impact on their level of social anxiety? Is it a source of it, or does it either enhance or diminish it? It appears to be the case. In Punch-Drunk Love, the questions were posed and Barry’s feelings were taken into consideration.