Writer/director Alex D’Lerma’s ‘Fear, Love, and Agoraphobia’ hit the market on April 13th, and I’d be lying if I said that the film didn’t have an impact on me. Often the subject of mental illness is glossed over in entertainment media; depression or phobias are tackled in a dismissive manner either being shown as over-the-top problems or as comedic in nature. It’s not often that we see the human side of a crippling mental health issue.
We sat down with Mr. D’Lerma over the weekend to discuss his new feature and the challenges that came along with not only portraying agoraphobia and depression on screen.
Chet is a 28 year old agoraphobic man and still lives with his mother. When Mom moves away Chet has to get a roommate. Enter Maggie. A volatile female Marine with her own personal issues. The two become emotionally entangled as they struggle to escape from their self-made prisons.