Borderline shines a light on an issue that is seldom talked about, and let’s the uncomfortable moments be uncomfortable.
Review: ‘Borderline’ An Emotional Truth on Borderline Personality Disorder
Maddie Crichton ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Regina has been engaging in self-harm and struggling with suicidal thoughts since she was a child. Now, as an adult, she has a diagnosis: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Through following Regina in her day to day life, sitting inside of her therapy sessions, and interviews with doctors, the documentary Borderline lets us learn about her relationship with BPD, and gives us a glimpse as to what life is like with it.
Regina holds nothing back as the documentary crew follows her, allowing the film to be very raw and authentic. Watching her inner-battle is both fascinating and heartbreaking. She has a strong presence, and her openness immediately adds a sense of intimacy, creating the sense that we personally know her just within the first five minutes.
She goes back and forth between denying her diagnoses with BPD and being consumed by it. It impacts her work and love lives and her ability to maintain any stable relationships. When she feels emotion, she feels it at it’s strongest degree. Aware of her situation, she is constantly finding herself seeking help, but only to later deny it’s impact.