Frames of Mind
- Stretch Marks
- Gregory Rocco
- 92 DCP
- April 15 (Wednesday) 7:30
Following his father’s early death from obesity-related causes, Lyle (John Larkin, remarkable) bears his grief the way he’s always dealt with his emotions — by eating. Tipping the scale at almost 300 pounds and filled with self-loathing, Lyle suffers endless criticism from his athletic younger brother and feels unsupported by his mostly silent mom. When he throws himself into a relentless schedule of extreme diet and exercise, his addiction to food morphs into an addiction to weight loss. Diet supplements are consumed by the handful; sleep is foregone; friends and family are seen as irritants. Isolated and at risk of losing everything, Lyle’s salvation ultimately comes from an unlikely insight. Three years in the making (production halted for 13 months so Larkin could lose 80 pounds), Stretch Marks features strong, understated performances, while tackling a difficult subject with raw honesty and intelligence.
Post-screening discussion with Ali Eberhardt and Dr. Josie Geller.
Ms. Eberhardt is a Registered Dietitian in the Provincial Adult Tertiary Specialized Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul's Hospital, and co-host of “Let Us Eat Cake,” a podcast dedicated to ditching diet culture. Dr. Geller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC and Director of Research in the Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.