IFC Films has released a new trailer for their upcoming movie Three Christs. The movie is based on a true story about three schizophrenic men who believed they were all Jesus Christ. In 1959, Dr. Milton Rokeach (the name has been changed in the movie) decided it was time to make some new discoveries in the world of schizophrenia and thought of a very unorthodox way of doing so. Now, IFC Films is finally preparing to release their movie based on that story after it premiered in 2017.
In 1959, psychiatrist Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) arrives at a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan armed with the radical belief that schizophrenic patients should be treated not with confinement and electroshock therapy but with empathy and understanding. As his first study, he takes on the particularly challenging case of three men-Joseph (Peter Dinklage), Leon (Walton Goggins), and Clyde (Bradley Whitford)-each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. It is evident right from the start of the Three Christs trailer that these men already do not like each other, though that may change as the movie progresses.
Hoping that by getting them together in the same room to confront their delusions he can break through to them, Dr. Stone begins a risky, unprecedented experiment that will push the boundaries of psychiatric medicine and leave everyone involved-including Dr. Stone himself-profoundly changed. Based on a remarkable true story, Three Christs is a fascinating and moving look at one man’s journey into the deepest mysteries of the human mind. Dr. Milton Rokeach’s real-life findings were detailed in his case study entitled The Three Christs of Ypsilanti in 1964.
The real story of Three Christs was inspired by a Harper’s Magazine article describing two women who both believed they were the Virgin Mary. After being assigned as psychiatric hospital roommates, one of the women recovered from her delusion as a result of conversations with the roommate and was discharged. Dr. Milton Rokeach believed he could do the same with the three men and later learned a pretty powerful lesson about the human mind and its strengths. So far, the movie has gained mixed reviews from critics. It might be a good idea to read up on the real story before heading out to see the movie in order to get a better understanding of what really happened during those unorthodox therapy sessions. Rokeach was responsible for some pretty unethical methods, which he later regretted.
Three Christs is directed by Jon Avnet from a screenplay by Avnet and Eric Nazarian. The movie stars Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford, Charlotte Hope, and Julianna Margulies. Three Christs will finally open in select theaters and be available on VOD and streaming services starting on January 10th. You can check out the trailer above, courtesy of the IFC Films YouTube channel.