Mental illness is real and serious

People with mental illness say the film Joker has raised awareness about the condition, but feel that many people still do not take it seriously

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The film Joker has been surrounded by controversy since its release in cinemas last month, especially over the portrayal of its titular character, a failed comedian with mental illness named Arthur Fleck.

Isolated and ridiculed, he snaps one day and kills someone in self-defence, marking the start of a spate of violent crimes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2019, with the headline 'Mental illness is real and serious'. Print Edition | Subscribe