New Films Addresses the Loneliness of Addiction
Netflix has produced a new film starring James Franco and Abbi Jacobson that takes an intimate look at a family dealing with the impact of addiction.
As reviewed by the Daily Dot, 6 Balloons, which debuted at SXSW on Monday, tells the story of Katie (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson) a woman who’s trying to plan a surprise birthday party for her boyfriend. But as the day goes on she collides with her brother Seth (Dave Franco), a heroin addict who’s using again. He’s taking care of his 2-year-old daughter Ella and going through withdrawal in front of her.
Writer and director Marja-Lewis Ryan explains that when dealing with addiction, “the loneliness inside those dark moments is almost more crippling… not being able to talk about the things; not knowing where to talk. If this isn’t your story, then maybe you can gain a little empathy for people who are experiencing this. And if it is your story, hopefully, you can feel a little less lonely.”
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