Hello, Mr. Mark Ruffalo! My name is Emily. The movie "Infinitely Polar Bear" was the last thing my dad and I bonded over when he passed away in February earlier this year. He had bipolar disorder and major depression along with alcohol and drug addiction. It brought my dad and me to tears with happiness and sadness because we both related to it strongly. This movie meant a lot to my Dad, to me, and my younger sister. Thank you for portraying this role and doing it so well.
Oh dear Emily, it is for the very reason that you state so eloquently that I do what I do; to bring people together with a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them through the beautiful and kindly act of honest story telling. I am honored to have been even the smallest part of that deeply significant moment, when two people are saying a final farewell to each other. I have bipolar family members. That is a difficult kind of relationship at times. It takes a lot of love and understanding to live peaceably through without being constantly hurt or angry. That movie was in no small way an homage to them and an apology for the places where we went wrong. I am so happy that it meant something to you and your family. Most of that has to be attributed to Maya Forbes who wrote it, directed it and lived it.