Three personalities fused all into one body; yes I’m referring to a person with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Frankie and Alice is a movie starring Halle Berry placed in the 1970’s. During that time era there weren’t many people diagnosed with DID; unknowing what was actually going on with her Frankie seeks help from Dr. Osborne after blacking out multiple time with small cases of amnesia.
In the film, Frankie showed 3 different personas one being Frankie who is a fun and outgoing individual; Alice a rich white racist from the south, and lastly the unnamed persona an 8 year old genius little girl. All the personas came from the different things Frankie had gone through in her life. She was born and raised in Georgia in the 1950’s where her mother worked as a maid for a white family. Not knowing that she was black and played with the white girl as a kid Alice was born, with the southern accent and the high class of being rich and white in Georgia. Lastly, the genius girl was her as a kid learning through her experience being friends with the young lady her mom was a maid for; she was a genius because whatever her friend knew she taught her.
Some people with dissociative disorders have a tendency toward self-persecution, self-sabotage, and even violence. The movie displayed this in multiple ways Frankie had out of body explosions when changing personalities. At the time there was no cure but just a great way of monitoring through rehabilitation in hopes of showing Frankie there can only be one her. Dealing with depression, drug and alcohol abuse, sleep disorders, mood swings and psychotic hallucinations are all reasons in why DID is treated so seriously; it can make a person feel like they are losing their mind when in reality they have multiple minds.
After taking this class this semester I have learned the true understanding behind the movie Frankie and Alice. After going through certain traumatizing experience and people don’t get the help...