The Good Side of Bad I Review by: Stefano Bove
Sometimes it takes really terrible and traumatic events to bring a family together. The good Side of bad follows a young girl named Florence who is going through some serious mental health issues. She is the youngest of three children with her sister Sara and brother Peter. We learn that she did not have the greatest childhood and for the most part, does not have a stable parental figure as her mother has been battling dementia for many years and has mostly looked up to her sister as a mother.
When we meet the siblings, they don't seem to be in each other's lives much and seem to be living on their own and even in different cities. When Florence seems to be going through some mental health issues, the family rallies together to try and help their youngest sibling. Things get much worse for all three siblings before it gets better but isn't that exactly how life is?
Lexi Simonsen gives a great performance as Florence. Having to demonstrate such a large range of emotions and going through so much mentally and physically is not easy but Lexi manifests these emotions quite seamlessly and delivers a wonderful performance.
Everyone experiences trauma in their lives, both within themselves and externally through family and loved ones. The siblings represent the different types of people and how they respond to trauma. Sara is eager to help immediately and Peter is much more reserved. We often resort to denial that anything is wrong as Florence does when she begins experiencing situations of distress. We all go day-to-day worrying about insignificant things until something happens to a loved one and you drop everything immediately to be with that person; Life is interesting that way.
The Good Side of Bad is an honest depiction of how we all deal with mental and physical health issues at any age in our lives. It is a good life lesson for taking the important things for granted.
Review by: Stefano Bove
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