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Sometimes I Think About Dying: finally, a film about women’s mental health without the cliches

By Tim Snelson, Associate Professor in Media History, University of East Anglia
This article contains spoilers for Sometimes I Think About Dying.

Director Rachel Lambert’s sweet and sedate film Sometimes I Think About Dying frames suicidal thoughts as a strategy for survival.

In the film, introverted office worker Fran (Daisy Ridley) takes solace in increasingly elaborate, surreal and aesthetic fantasies of her own death, including hanging from a crane, lying dead in the woods and being attacked by a python. But she isn’t seemingly suicidal. Or even depressed.

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