If you want to see the story of another writer suffering from mental illness, then watch ‘Deadly Illusions’ on Netflix.
The story follows Mary Morrison (Kirsten Davis), a writer who begins writing her new novel and hires a house-help, Grace (Greer Grammer) to take care of the household chores and the kids.
One thing is very common in America. All of them are suffering from some kind of mental illness. Anyone can understand this by watching American movies. It is possible that in nuclear families where there are husband and wife and one or two children, the absence of an elderly person, the six-fourth meeting of relatives and the distance of years between siblings, affect the mental health of the children and Seeing the commercial-material world around, it is also a problem not to be able to take birth of any soft feeling in life. If you want to see the story of another writer suffering from mental illness, then watch ‘Deadly Illusions’ on Netflix. It is a film of about 2 hours and along with being a thriller, nudity and sex have also been kept. Because of this, it is considered one of the most successful films of Netflix.
Film: Deadly Illusions
Duration: 114 minutes OTT: Netflix
The story follows Mary Morrison (Kirsten Davis), a writer who begins writing her new novel and hires a house-help, Grace (Greer Grammer) to take care of the household chores and the kids. The two get along well and Mary develops an attraction to Grace, which grows every day. She starts imagining the sexual relationship between herself and Grace throughout the day. Mary senses that there is an affair between Grace and Mary’s husband, with Grace becoming closer to the children and Mary distant. One day Mary learns that no girl named Grace works in the agency from which Grace has come. When Mary goes to her friend’s clinic, her body is found there and the police suspects Mary. During the investigation, Mary visits Grace’s village and meets her family. It is revealed that Grace is mentally ill, her parents used to beat her in childhood, so Grace sometimes becomes violent. Another personality in him is “Margaret” who makes Grace do wrong things. When Mary calls her husband to tell this, he does not pick up the phone. Grace has already attacked Mary’s husband by then. Well, by reaching Mary first and then the police, everyone’s life is saved. Grace is sent to the mental hospital and Mary’s novel is complete. There is a small suspense at the end which is important from the point of view of the story.
There is never any mention of such incidents in the environment of India, so we do not find the beating done by the parents in childhood uncomfortable. Stories of multiple personalities have also been seen in the history of mental diseases in America, something like this is not even legally acceptable in India. Writing is a very lonely job, the writer’s mind can go in any direction, but there is little hope that he will always go towards sex. One more thing is seen in the history of American writers that such thoughts are more in their writing-time. Almost every writer, in one way or another, tries to see sex and writing together. This is rarely seen in India.
The story is a bit twisted. Not according to our environment yet interesting. Anna Elizabeth James also wrote and directed the film, and despite that, the film’s duration is perfect. The film does not bore and editor Brian Scofield has also worked hard to keep the pace of the film going. Since Mary and Grace’s intimate scenes are a figment of Mary’s imagination, Mike McMillin’s cinematography works wonders in camera placement. In some scenes, only the camera has managed to create suspense. Mike has shot mostly short films and the style of filming many scenes in this film is the same. Mike has shown his talent a lot in the tendency to say more in less time, to say everything in one frame. The film is for adults. Watch late at night. Don’t forget to watch with the kids. It is a psychological thriller, it has a deep impact. Despite being a short story, you won’t get bored for 2 hours. It would be better to watch on Saturday or Sunday night.