A strange but brave portrait of mental illness - The Beaver (M)

A FILM about a man talking through a beaver puppet on his hand may sound like funny stuff, but in fact the subject of mental illness is rarely amusing.

Mel Gibson plays Walter Black, a toy company executive whose personal and professional life is being seriously undermined by depression. 

Hitting rock bottom after his wife Meredith (Foster) can no longer live with him, he holes up in a motel with every intention of killing himself, bottle of vodka in hand. 

But he’s stopped in his tracks by a beaver