‘Paper Spiders’ Debunks Mental Illness by Showcasing Relationship Between a Mother and Daughter

‘Paper Spiders’ Debunks Mental Illness by Showcasing Relationship Between a Mother and Daughter
Photo: ‘Paper Spiders'/Entertainment Squad 2021’s ‘Paper Spiders’ centers around a maternal duo of Melanie (Stefania Lavie Owen) and Dawn (Lili Taylor) as the latter begins to suffer from paranoia. In Melanie’s senior year, she bounces between fleeting romances and dreams of the future, leaving her mother to deal with the upcoming separation by herself. Any anxiety around her child moving away is dealt with in a new form of obsession as Dawn becomes enraptured by their next-door neighbor. As the movie progresses, we watch Melanie struggle with her social life and taking care of her mother as the latter’s mental health withers. It’s an honest look into the lives of people with mental illness and, as director Inon Shampanier wanted, helps de-stigmatize mental illnesses. Related article: ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’: An Incredible Young Adult Story About How Mental Illness Does Not Define You Related article: David Fincher is Right,
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