In a conversation about his son’s bipolar disorder director David O. Russell tells Terry Gross about how his film Silver Linings Playbook captures a familiar emotional intensity:
It’s very powerful. That’s why the energy you put out … you should try to make it good energy, because it infects everyone around you. … If they’re playing everything on 10 … not three, not four, but 10, that’s loud emotional music in your house and sometimes you flee your own house. You flee your own child. And you try to lock yourself in a room. There’s a whole manner of ways you learn how to deal with it. … I like to think of it as something that everybody must deal with but a deeper version of it. And that’s why I like to think of … [Silver Linings Playbook] that way, that it’s just a more bold, operatic version of what many people go through — just a more extreme version.
Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook via hopelies