Sunny Intervals and Showers
Dr. Allan Levi was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and suspended from his job as a medical school Professor. As Allan changes careers, his wife Jackie and their three children struggle to cope in this intimate and at times funny portrait of a marriage and a family in crisis.
Events unfold on-screen as Allan starts a business distributing a new type of model airplane throughout England. Jackie, a doctor who met Allan while they trained in medicine together, must come to terms with the unexpected role of being a ‘carer’ for a mentally ill husband. But is Allan’s increasingly frenetic lifestyle evidence of illness, eccentricity, or simply hard work?
Michael Rabiger, best-selling author of Directing the Documentary, refers to Sunny Intervals as “a profound contribution…that portrays the mess of family life better than any film I can remember.” Through this unique and timeless film, we come to understand the dramatic reality of family life with mental illness – and also the surprising consequences of simply being labeled mentally ill.
“A harrowing, deeply personal…heartbreaking and strangely humbling film.” — Ruth Margolis, Radio Times
“Jonathan Goodman Levitt’s bittersweet documentary…is rendered uplifting by the filmmaker’s sensitivity and Levi’s remarkable resilience.” — Phil Harrison, Time Out
“An indie gem – leavened by humour, it is still a sobering demonstration of the everyday exasperations of living with mental illness.” — Gabrielle Starkey, The Times