‘To the Bone’ was the movie I watched in March where I spotted a couple of patchwork creations. My eldest daughter had suggested watching it together for ages, but I kept putting it off, saying I wanted to be in the ‘right frame of mind’ to watch it.
You see, for those of you who don’t know, this movie is about a young woman’s struggle with anorexia and her journey to recovery. I knew it would be hard hitting and not ‘light entertainment’, so it was never going to be top of my list for Friday night viewing.
But I did want to see it, so in the end I agreed, and I’m pleased I did. The movie received mixed reviews from mental health organisations and the media (see for example reviews in the New Statesman and The Guardian) when it was first released on Netflix – some saying it glamorised the eating disorder, others saying it provided an accurate portrayal of the disease.
I can see both sides. The main character Ellen (played by Lily Collins) is an attractive girl, arty and edgy, and could be seen as an inspiration to some. But I also found the film incredibly moving and eye-opening; I felt I could see the world from Ellen’s point of view. And if this is the effect it has on others, it can only be a good thing as it helps us understand what people struggling with eating disorders can be going through.
But back to my ‘spots’. One was a patchwork cushion on one of the sofas in the living room of the home where Ellen is resident together with six other patients. The living room is where the residents come together at the end of the day to talk about their day and their struggles and achievements.
The other is a patchwork quilt on the bed of one of the patients. It’s not clear if this quilt belongs to her, or if it was already there. But it made me think that if it had been hers, brought from home, she might gain some comfort from lying under it.
I’m pleased I saw this movie, and would recommend it to others.
Have you spotted any quilts in movies or on the telly? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Till next time,
In the UK, the following organisations can help with eating disorders and mental wellbeing: