This documentary will explore the nature of the disorder “love addiction” through personal stories of love addicts and the people around them. It will search to understand what creates this peculiar disorder and describe the struggles and cravings for the ultimate aphrodisiac: Love.
Love addicts fall in love with a fantasy. They seek someone to rescue them.
Someone who can give their life meaning and who can save them from their own life. They seek someone they can get “high” on. Very often love addicts fall for someone who does not love them back or won't commit and this causes many problems, both for the love addict and the person they are addicted to.
Love addicts become extremely obsessed with the other person because they simply give up their own life to live through someone else. The obsession is inevitable because love addicts do not like themselves and do not know who they really are. They go FAR to get another person to love them: From changing weardrope and religion to city or country. Constant calling, endless emails and even stalking are typical behaviours. They loose their jobs in the battle and end up badly hurting themselves and others.
How do you become addicted to love? How do love addicts live their lives through someone else? How far do they go despite damaging themselves and others? Can they survive this addiction, find themselves, start loving who the really are and live their own lives? Or are they in it for life?
Love Addicts experience the same addictive pat terns as alcoholics and drug addicts. They experience highs and lows, relapses and withdrawals. The addiction might even drive them to commit scerious crimes either to themselves or to someone they “love”.
Title: Love addict
Original title: Love addict
Country of origin: Denmark
Original languages: Danish
Produced by: Danish Documentary Production, WG Film (co-producers)
Genre: Feauture documentary
Production year: 2009-2010
Shooting format: HDV
Screening format: 35 mm, DigiBeta
Length: 75 min + 58 min
Director: Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær, Danish Documentary Production
Co-producer: Margarete Jangård
Line producer (USA): Nina Leidersdorff
Producer assistant: Mille Haynes
Camera: Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Editor: Pernille Bech Christensen
Narrative consultant: Jens Arentzen
Composer: Johan Söderqvist
Sound: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Sound design: Eddie Simonsen
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut and TV2/Danmark.