Movie suggestions: Flight and Gravity

Flight
Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who is addicted to alcohol, drugs, and sex. He has already lost his marriage and son because of his addictions. When the passenger jet that he is flying malfunctions and enters a dive that will kill everyone on board, Washington doesn’t panic. He makes an incredible midair maneuver, and in the resulting less severe crash landing, six die. Washington is credited with saving the lives of 131 people, and he is treated as a hero. But if the rest of the truth comes out – that he was drunk and high during that flight – he’ll lose his reputation and his career and will go to prison. Triggers relate to airplane crash, loss of loved ones, addiction to alcohol, addiction to drugs, addiction to sex, addiction to career, abandonment, being in truth, and paternal expectations. (2012, R)

Gravity
Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone, a scientist on a mission in space. Ryan and Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) are on a routine spacewalk when their shuttle is destroyed and they are stranded in space. Soon they are separated and Kowalsky dies. The rest of the movie follows Ryan as she works to get back to Earth safely on her own. Amid the action we learn that her young daughter had died four years earlier in a playground accident, and with this revelation the movie becomes a metaphor for Ryan’s withdrawal from life. She experiences loads of terror, which seems to help her move forward emotionally. This movie offers intense triggers for fear of abandonment and being alone, fear of things going wrong, fear of falling, and emotions around losing a child. (2013, PG13)

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