A classic already! We watch a lot of films where the main character comes off more creepy than relatable but nothing so intense as this movie. Jessica Alba plays a psychotic 25? year old teacher who brings an ax to school, has crippling OCD and dresses like a five year old. I thought this movie was great and I for one would see it if they wanted to release it in theaters.
Here is the IMDb synopsis of An Invisible Sign:
Mona Gray is a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Mona now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises.
Here’s what An Invisible Sign is actually about: an elementary school, located in an idyllic but nondescript town, for the mentally retarded and/or psychologically disturbed. Except it’s not the students who are mentally retarded, it’s the entire staff. This is obviously most prominently shown in Mona Gray (Jessica Alba), the protagonist with extreme and unchecked obsessive compulsive disorder. Mona began basing her life around magical thinking at age 10 when her father gets sick with an illness unknown both to Mona and the audience. Mona loudly knocks on wood when she’s stressed, stops seeing her friends, stops running (which she loves for some reason), stops going to movies, stops listening to music, doesn’t finish college, eats soap to punish herself when she enjoys something, decorates her house and classroom with numbers, dresses almost exclusively in brown, and constantly wears pigtails. Among other things. In the beginning of the movie, her mother (played by Sônia Braga, who also played Samantha’s lesbian lover in Sex and the City, and because of that I couldn’t get the image of her saying “pussy” out of my head anytime she was on screen) kicks her out of their house by putting all of Mona’s stuff on the lawn. So, Mona’s mom is awful. They imply that she won’t be able to afford an apartment, so instead she rents a sweet-ass house, which makes TOTAL sense. Then Mona’s mom runs into Mona’s old elementary school principal, which leads to Mona getting a job as the new math teacher despite being completely insane and not even having a college degree.
There’s a lot going on here. But it’s important to note that at one point, Mona brings an ax to school because it’s shaped like a seven. And then one of her students, Lisa, whom Mona has taken under her wing because Lisa’s mom is dying of EYE CANCER, gets the ax and threatens another student, Ann, because Ann is a bully. Mona takes the ax from Lisa and tells her to stand by the door. Lisa then bangs her head into the glass of the door, cutting her head. While this is going on, Ann grabs the ax and repeatedly tells Mona she is going to chop Lisa into pieces. Before she can, however, Ann slips in a pile of piss (there’s a girl in the class who pisses on the floor when she gets nervous . . . whatever), loses the ax, and the ax hits Mona in the leg. Mona ends up with only 20-something stitches rather than a severed limb, but whatever. That’s just the level of storytelling we’re working with here.
An Invisible Sign missed an opportunity to be a possibly interesting movie about a woman with super severe OCD and instead just turned into a melodrama about dying parents and love curing psychotic disorders. Cool!!!!!