|Jenna Elfman plays Ellena Roberts in Obsessed.|
Obsessed is one of my favorite Lifetime movies. It was released in 2002 and stars Jenna Elfman as the sexy and lovely (but totally bonkers) Ellena Roberts, who stalks her victim-slash-love interest, Dr. David Stillman, a famous surgeon with a happy marriage and family. Her obsession for this man eventually crosses the line from fantasy into a warped reality when Ellena's harrassment of Dr. Stillman becomes out of control. Eventually, the harrassment evolves into criminal activity. Ellena suffers from a form of mental illness called erotomania, wherein the patient truly believes that he or she is romantically involved with someone when in actuality, they are not involved.
Ellena has many tricks to stalk her doctor, including guile and manipulation, impersonation of friends and relatives, even getting jobs which grant her access to private information about Dr. Stillman and his family. Her insanity is surpassed only by her intelligence and craftiness: during her harassment trial, a court-appointed analyst (played by Vlasta Vrana) pointed psychiatrist declared her to have "seven of the ten traits of an assassin." This movie has lots of fascinating twists and turns of the plot, making it a riveting story. It's a guilty pleasure, but it's too good to miss!
Fun fact: This movie was based on a true story. Diane Schaefer is the actual person on whom the character of Ellena Roberts was based. Diane Schaefer stalked Dr. Murray Brennan, an oncologist from Sloan-Kettering Hospital in NYC for years before her conviction in 1990. She was sentenced to 2 years in prison. The lawyer who defended Schaefer, Joyce David, has put the movie-inspiring article on her website.
There is also a French movie called "À la Folie... Pas du Tout" (He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not) which features a similar plot. I'm not sure if this is a remake or just coincidence.
You can also find out when Obsessed is playing on TV by going to its website on Lifetime.
So, who loves this movie? Lifetime movies based on true stories are the best, and Obsessed is one of my personal faves! Leave some comments below! :)