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Nach einem Selbstmordversuch landet die jährige Susanna in einer psychiatrischen Klinik. Dort findet die Teenagerin in der unberechenbaren Lisa eine Freundin, aber keinen Weg aus ihrer Seelenkrise. Erst nach einem tragischen Vorfall kann sich. Durchgeknallt (Originaltitel: Girl, Interrupted) ist ein Psycho-Drama aus dem Jahr mit Winona Ryder und Angelina Jolie in den Hauptrollen. Der Film basiert. Girl, Interrupted: Now a major motion picture from Columbia Pictures starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie Roman: zavoi.eu: Kaysen, Susanna. zavoi.eu: Finden Sie Durchgeknallt - Girl, Interrupted in unserem vielfältigen DVD- & Blu-ray-Angebot. Gratis Versand durch Amazon ab einem Bestellwert. Thalia: Infos zu Autor, Inhalt und Bewertungen ❤ Jetzt»Girl, Interrupted«nach Hause oder Ihre Filiale vor Ort bestellen! Psychiatriedrama mit sehenswerten Leistungen von Winona Ryder und Angelina Jolie. Durchgeknallt - Girl, Interrupted. Girl, Interrupted, Taschenbuch von Susanna Kaysen bei zavoi.eu Portofrei bestellen oder in der Filiale abholen.
Girl, Interrupted. Oscar als beste Nebendarstellerin für Angelina Jolie. /db_data/movies/girlinterrupted/scen/l/. Jetzt online bestellen! Heimlieferung oder in Filiale: Girl, Interrupted Now a major motion picture from Columbia Pictures starring Winona Ryder and Angelina. Nach einem Selbstmordversuch landet die jährige Susanna in einer psychiatrischen Klinik. Dort findet die Teenagerin in der unberechenbaren Lisa eine Freundin, aber keinen Weg aus ihrer Seelenkrise. Erst nach einem tragischen Vorfall kann sich.
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Won 1 Oscar. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Winona Ryder Susanna Angelina Jolie Lisa Clea DuVall Georgina as Clea Duvall Brittany Murphy Daisy Elisabeth Moss Polly Jared Leto Tobias Jacobs Jeffrey Tambor Potts Vanessa Redgrave Wick Whoopi Goldberg Valerie Angela Bettis Janet Jillian Armenante Cynthia Drucie McDaniel M-G Alison Claire Gretta Christina Myers Margie Joanna Kerns Edit Storyline Unable to cope with reality and the difficulty that comes with it, 18 year old Susanna, is admitted to a mental institution in order to overcome her disorder.
Edit Did You Know? Trivia The quote Dr. Goofs Susanna walks past a Robert F. Kennedy campaign yard sign as she leaves her house to go to the mental hospital.
It is fall Kennedy didn't announce his intention to run for president until March Quotes [ first lines ] Susanna : [ narrating ] Have you ever confused a dream with life?
Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy.
Maybe it was the 60s. Or maybe I was just a girl This version has not been shown publicly nor released on any media; however, the DVD contains 15 minutes of the scenes deleted from the final cut.
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Q: What did Susanna Kaysen think of the movie? Language: English. And this proves my point. Language means that hardly anything we say is true.
I wish I was dead. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. I am no longer in control of my own brain, something else is.
All commonly used phrases, a million of them, none of them literally true. Well, we hope not. The metaphorical aspect of language, which is its limitless joy and psychedelic legerdemain that we all are in love with, or why would we be readers, leads us humanish beings into some unhappy dark places.
All that beating of heads against walls about the Trinity in Christianity for instance. Susanna Kaysen artfully informs us how the madness gets in.
She gives an example — that bureau in the corner looks like a tiger simile. No — that bureau in the corner IS a tiger!
This whole book is about whether we are brains or minds. Brains are very very very very very very very complex machines.
But minds are something else. Drugs can fix brains like oil can fix an engine. The only power they had was to dope us up. Once we were on it, it was hard to get off.
A bit like heroin, except it was the staff who got addicted to our taking it. This is a gigantic debate and may, of course, be another metaphor that has taken on an undeserved life of its own.
Is there a ghost in the machine? But if a thing walks like a ghost and quacks like a ghost, then maybe. Language leads this memoir astray.
Hmmph, I should say not. Like all of us. Carried away by the onrushing ever tumbling surge of human language which is the ruin and the salvation of us all.
View all 9 comments. Feb 18, Duane rated it really liked it Shelves: rated-books , book-challenge , english-calssics , non-fiction , reviewed-books , memoir.
After reading novels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or The Bell Jar , one could be forgiven for feeling skeptical about the treatment for the mentally ill during the 's.
I'm not sure Susanna Kaysen's memoir will change that much. In , after a short interview with a psychiatrist, she was admitted, committed may be a better word , to a mental hospital in Massachusetts, the same one that treated Sylvia Plath.
Her stay lasted about 2 years. She was told she had a "character disorder". Twenty five years later, after reading her hospital records, she learned she was diagnosed with "Borderline Personality Disorder".
This memoir is her recollection of the time she spent, the treatment she received, the doctors and nurses who treated her, and the other patients around her.
For those of us who are not personally familiar with these type of histories and institutions, this is an eye opening revelation and I can only hope things have improved since Anyway how do you know if the treatment of a mentally disordered person is working.
You won't take their word for it, and if they question the institution, than you can claim and actually genuinely believe that you are suffering from persecution complex.
That is the trouble - they have a bi "'Today, you seem puzzled about something. That is the trouble - they have a big word for everything which makes you think of it as a disease.
If you are too moody, you have bipolar disease; if you are too sad, you are depressed; if you are too happy, you are suffering from euphoria.
You can't do anything out of proportion or rules in this world gets declared insane. And once you are declared crazy, even things you do by the book of proportions is suspected: "They had a special language: regression, acting out, hostility, withdrawal, indulging in behavior.
This last phrase could be attached to any activity and make it sound suspicious: indulging in eating behavior, talking behavior, writing behavior. In the outside world people ate and talked and wrote, but nothing we did was simple.
Still it is one of those chances where you can see things from point of view of an inmate. With people like author and her friends, part of problem is knowledge of their instablity.
How much lonely they must feel knowing that that they are alone in the world of things they are imagining. And some were really teenagers, discovering the not so likeable realities of the world, so one can't help wondering whether they couldn't be helped more with a good counseling and medicine rather than being locked in an asylum.
I still do not agree with her complete disapproval of professional of psychologists, I think that as a field it still seems to be finding its feet and unfortunately has started on wrong foot - also while being a psychologist may not be the hardest thing, being a good one must be terribly difficult requiring insight into human mind, a combination or compassion and disinterestedness, patience etc.
But except for that, it was beautiful all around. Parting thought : it is a memoir, read it like that and not as a novel.
It is not supposed to be entertaining. Nobody knew. Nobody dared to ask. Because—what courage! Who had the courage to burn herself?
And somewhat more dangerous things, like putting a gun in your mouth. That world defeats you. You put the gun back in the drawer.
And you need the means, the opportunity, the motive. A successful suicide demands good organization and a cool head, both of which are usually incompatible with the suicidal state of mind.
Did the hospital specialize in poets and singers or was it that poets and singers specialized in madness? View all 6 comments.
Shelves: my-lovelies , mind-maladies , gilmore-girls-said-so. She told me survival is a talent. For most of us the idea of being insane is scary.
The harder question is the why; why is insanity so scary? Is it so scary because we have all, at one time or another I believe , doubted our own sanity?
I know I have. Or is it so scary because it is so impossible to define, to categorize in absolutes? When is the threshold at its thinnest? In the inner conversations I have with myself, or other people, inside my own head that never see the light of day?
What does it really mean to be crazy?? Is it true what they say; the more you question your own sanity the less likely you are, in fact, to be insane?
She questions everything and has probably one of the most introspective voices I have ever read. Her thoughts, expressed superbly in Girl, Interrupted , are well thought out and certainly sane sounding.
Was I ever crazy? They were not perfect, but they were my friends. What is insanity?! Fore how natural is it really to exist in a world constantly defining you for you, where it is more important to seem something than truly BE it.
Perhaps we will never really know, certainly even now, far removed from the dates Kaysen found herself at home in an institution there are far more questions than answers.
Category: A Memoir View all 18 comments. While Susanna Keysen composes some very poetic essays offering alternative and sometimes beautiful perspectives in her autobiography, her general tone is very, very defensive.
Granted discussing whether or not one suffered from a mental illness can never be easy, but the book seems to be her manifesto for proving that she wasn't really borderline, as her therapist diagnosed.
I don't know enough about Borderline Personality Disorder to judge - I agree that it seems women are disproportionately di While Susanna Keysen composes some very poetic essays offering alternative and sometimes beautiful perspectives in her autobiography, her general tone is very, very defensive.
I don't know enough about Borderline Personality Disorder to judge - I agree that it seems women are disproportionately diagnosed with it, and a conservative environment could easily allow for any non-conformist woman to be blamed for her own marginalization and labeled insane.
However, while Keysen seems to want to be seen as simply non-conformist in an oppressive time, she was in some ways destructively so by her own admission.
She gave herself bruises, she attempted suicide, she tried to break into her own hand convinced it was a monkey's. The early Sixties sounded like a terrible time to be a woman, and many of the mental institutions were anything but conducive to healing.
Nevertheless, I don't buy the defensive rebel's libertarian spiel that they should just be left alone to hurt themselves, uninterrupted.
Perhaps Susanna wanted to criticize her diagnosis or how she was treated, but claiming that her acts of self-harm warranted no such "interruption" with treatment seems rather dramatic and ungrateful.
The adolescent glorification of the misunderstood, self-harming Plath-like waif is both dangerous and very selfish, and there are scores of books and songs and films to help this glorification along.
I hope girls who read this book are smart enough not to fall for it, but can still enjoy her moments of poetic greatness. View all 10 comments.
Feb 07, Ellabella rated it it was amazing Shelves: pa-book-club , favorites. We're told not to, but I sometimes do judge a book by its cover.
At least once in my life, it has paid off. I first read this book because I saw it laying under the desk of a girl in my French class in 8th grade and was immediately attracted to it- the constrast of blue against white and the separation and duality of the girl between.
It was beautiful and strange and thought-provoking and somehow irrationally felt as close to me as some crazy friend who'd been trapped in my own brain for thirteen We're told not to, but I sometimes do judge a book by its cover.
It was beautiful and strange and thought-provoking and somehow irrationally felt as close to me as some crazy friend who'd been trapped in my own brain for thirteen years.
The author at once seemed to be a part of me that hadn't yet been able to speak, and a complete stranger who frightened and compelled me.
I've returned to it time and time again and each time have found new truths and new absurdities. It so accurately and curiously expresses the truths of a mind in distress and the questioning of a woman in the making and particularly of a woman approaching adulthood in the 's, while psychology was still a relatively new field.
I lead a book club discussion of it some years ago and was startled at the stark honesty that it inspired in us as we talked, regardless of whether we actually liked the book or not.
To me, the book has nearly no relation to the movie other than the slight similarities between the premises. Where the movie may introduce you to interesting characters and attempt to give you a linear story, it has no way to bring you into the complex and contradictory inner world of the author.
I will recommend to anyone to give it a try, because I believe what you discover in it speaks not of the book itself, but of who you as the reader are.
Jun 22, Glitterbomb rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoir-autobiography , reviews , 5-star , non-fiction. My situation was that I was in pain and nobody knew it, even I had trouble knowing it.
So I told myself, over and over, You are in pain. It was the only way I could get through to myself.
I was demonstrating externally and irrefutably an inward condition. Look, this is a book where, if you already suffer from a mental health issue, you will get it.
You will draw parallels in your own life and experiences. You will nod in agreement at the internalisation, the questions, the doubt. Absolutely nothing has changed there, from the 60's to today, and it never will.
Its the nature of the beast. Having a mental health issue is all about doubt. If, you're on the other side of this, if you have perfect mental health nobody does, but stay with me here , you probably wont understand this, and because you don't understand it, you probably wont enjoy it.
And there's nothing wrong with that. Absolutely nothing. Thanks to recent campaigns to draw awareness to mental health conditions, people these days are somewhat more receptive to the idea of others who's minds don't quite work the same way theirs do.
But, we are nowhere near where we need to be in regards to this issue. Nowhere near. This is a very brave story, published in an era when mental health wasn't talked about.
It may be somewhat outdated in respect to modern diagnosis' and treatments, but the feelings are all the same. This book is so honest, and that shines through in every single sentence.
It spoke to me, and I hope it speaks to you too. View 1 comment. Jan 13, Tara Lynn rated it did not like it Shelves: booklist-for Saw the movie, loved Angelina in it.
Now I'll tackle the book. Update: Finished the novel. I'm now convinced that the publication and fantastic reception of this novel was probably a great case of timing.
Kaysen's account of her stay in McLean Hospital is a captivating look into her mental state during her 2 year stay.
However, I've got to say that if she had stayed elsewhere, or tried to publish her account now, it probably wouldn't have been received as favorably.
For the most part, many of he Saw the movie, loved Angelina in it. For the most part, many of her intermittent stories read as a desperate cry for attention, ANY attention.
We're given a VERY brief description of her original interview, as well as interesting reproductions of her case files, but her rambling thoughts throughout give no impression of how she actually responded to her therapy.
I'm sad to say that I honestly expected more. I've seen more self-actualization on some Twitter ramblings than I saw in Girl, Interrupted.
Not worth the read. Mar 27, Sa rated it really liked it Shelves: psychology-sociology. Kaysen's memoir paints a picture of a girl whose mental health is alternately proven through vivid awareness of the world around her, and disputed by accounts of self-harm and detachment.
It's interesting to note the similar war between those who have read this book. Half of them conclude that she was a confused and directionless young woman whose stint in McLean was the result of an intolerant society and a psychological field still in its kneejerk infancy.
They wonder, could that have been me? They come away shocked that such small acts of defiance by an obviously lucid person could have such a disproportionate response.
The remaining readers believe Kaysen, although honest and aware in her storytelling, was truly ill. They also wonder, could that have been me?
But it is different from the first group, because they see their own doubts about their mental health, their own oddities and their own struggles reflected in the girls of McLean.
The effect this book will have on you depends on how you define sanity. Apr 24, Neelam Babul rated it it was amazing. Mental Illness is always viewed with stigma and scorn even today.
The first thought that comes to our mind when we hear the term is the word "mad. The book follows Susanna Kaysen, who is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder when she was just 17 years old.
Once hospitalized, she befriends her inmates and together we get a glimpse of their lives and struggles. Definitely, a book that everyone needs to read at least o Mental Illness is always viewed with stigma and scorn even today.
Definitely, a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their lifetime. Jun 16, Britany rated it liked it Shelves: books-to-film , , memoir , non-fiction.
I never realized it was a book, and not only that but a true account from Susanna Kaysen. The book is short, and cuts right to the point. The chapters are set up like thoughts or short concepts that Susanna wants to share.
The movie does a great job of sticking close to the book and I was impressed with how closely they matched. Susanna finds herself sent to Belmon 3.
Susanna finds herself sent to Belmont after an appointment with her Doctor. She certainly struggles with boredom and while her needs and desires were different from the average Cambridge resident, certainly not enough to commit her to an asylum.
I'm glad that I picked this one up and if you are interested in the subject matter, I would urge you to do the same. Jan 06, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: memoir-bio , mental-health.
While the movie is absolutely a Hollywood adaption with much added storyline, drama, and a weird glamorization of "broken girls", it's still one that I've always really liked and watched many times.
I hoped the memoir would provide a much more realistic idea of what Susanna Kaysen's time at McLean Hospital actually looked like, as well as details that weren't included in the film.
Unfortunately, it reads like the barest bones of the script, meaning there's nothing here that wasn't in the movie.
A While the movie is absolutely a Hollywood adaption with much added storyline, drama, and a weird glamorization of "broken girls", it's still one that I've always really liked and watched many times.
And also what's here is vague and scattered, written often with an uninterested tone. I suppose this is more a collection of vignettes; snapshots and random memories of Susanna's time at the hospital.
I appreciate the style of writing, but it's not my favourite. I will say that last chapter is amazing.
I absolutely loved the story of the Vermeer painting, and how Susanna saw two different versions at two different points in her life.
Ultimately I wish I could have had the opportunity to read this before the movie, and I think if you do you should take it.
Dec 13, Shelly Strange rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars. I read this book around the time the movie came out. I remember liking it, but not loving it.
I'm curious to maybe do a re-read one day. I kind of felt like it was one of those books that got a lot of hype and didn't live up to it. I liked the movie.
If I ever do a re-read, I'll add to this. I don't remember much, to be honest, except that it didn't blow me away. I bought the book and I ended up over the years donating it to a thrift store.
So, I must not have liked it that much. View all 7 comments. Jul 29, Naomi rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , mental-health.
This book was a memoir of Susanna Kaysen's time in a mental institution and it was written in homodiegetic narration.
When I first started this book I thought it would be an excellent insight into the damaged mind of a young eighteen year-old girl and I was looking forward to the intriguing thoughts of a mentally ill person.
However, I found that the book mostly focused on the author's time in the mental institution and I did not get a sense of how the illness affected herself.
Kaysen mainly desc This book was a memoir of Susanna Kaysen's time in a mental institution and it was written in homodiegetic narration.
Kaysen mainly described the other people she lived with and not so much about her own progress or life.
Furthermore, the chapters seemed to jump around a lot so there was no sense of chronology or order; perhaps this was meant to reflect how Kaysen's mind was chaotic and unstable but I found this quite annoying, making the book difficult to enjoy.
The writing style was simplistic and uninteresting making this novel an easy read. I also found that I did not connect or feel empathetic with the author despite the personal depiction of her story, which disheartened me somewhat as I hoped that I would feel deeply moved by her tale; realistically I felt bored and disconnected.
One aspect I did like was the insertion of real documents from the doctor's notes which were intriguing and informative. Moreover, it gave me a greater understanding of the process of a mental institution, and I felt some pathos for the characters because their conditions were piteous.
In addition, Kaysen wrote how people treated them as unhuman which moved me slightly as mental illness is not something to scorn or mock but a very serious disorder.
The isolated situation of these people made me more aware of the prejudice surrounding mental illness and the way people instantly judge one who has dealt with a mental disorder; they tend to avoid them and feel scared or uneasy.
Overall, I did not enjoy this book very much, although at times it was quite informative and it was also interesting to see how living in a mental institution was like in the s.
View all 3 comments. Mar 28, Susan's Reviews rated it it was amazing. I read Susanna Kaysen's memoir as an impressionable young teen.
As I started reading it, at first I couldn't understand why this young woman, who had wealth and status, could be so unhappy that she required to be institutionalized.
At times I had to keep reminding myself that this was a memoir and not a fictional story. I ended up really enjoying this memoir, and although the movie took many liberties, I also enjoyed the movie: Winona Ryder nailed Kaysen's neurotic character and Angelina Jolie t I read Susanna Kaysen's memoir as an impressionable young teen.
I ended up really enjoying this memoir, and although the movie took many liberties, I also enjoyed the movie: Winona Ryder nailed Kaysen's neurotic character and Angelina Jolie took home the Oscar for her role as the psychopathic Lisa.
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How did you buy your ticket? View All Videos View All Photos Movie Info. Set in the changing world of the late s, "Girl, Interrupted" is the searing true story of Susanna Kaysen Winona Ryder , a young woman who finds herself at a renowned mental institution for troubled young women, where she must choose between the world of people who belong on the inside -- like the seductive and dangerous Lisa Angelina Jolie -- or the often difficult world of reality on the outside.
James Mangold. Cathy Konrad. Apr 16, Winona Ryder Susanna Kaysen. Angelina Jolie Lisa. Clea Duvall Georgina. Brittany Murphy Daisy.
Elisabeth Moss Polly. Jared Leto Tobias Jacobs. Jeffrey Tambor Dr. Vanessa Redgrave Dr. Whoopi Goldberg Valerie.
Mary Kay Place Barbara Gilcrest. James Mangold Director. Susanna Kaysen Writer Book. James Mangold Screenwriter.
Lisa Loomer Screenwriter. Anna Hamilton Phelan Screenwriter. Carol Bodie Executive Producer. Georgia Kacandes Co-Producer. Susanna Kaysen Associate Producer.
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January 1, Rating: 2. November 27, Full Review…. September 12, Rating: A Full Review…. View All Critic Reviews Mar 25, In my review of The Departed, I spoke about how winning an Oscar can often tie either a film or a person associated with it eternally to that achievement.
That level of cinematic immortality or in some cases infamy is the level of success for which most actors and filmmakers would kill, even with the need to take the Academy's decisions both past and present with a pinch of salt.
But if someone is rewarded for giving a particular performance or doing something especially well, it creates the pressure to always be that good or always do that one thing from thereon in.
It seems to be particularly the case with female Oscar winners that their careers begin to buckle under this newfound pressure.
There are male examples of this too like Cuba Gooding Jr. However, while her work on Girl, Interrupted is not her finest performance overall - that would be A Mighty Heart - it is the jewel in the crown of this cinematic masterpiece.
Given its subject matter and its status as an adaptation of a popular novel, it's very tempting to simply label Girl, Interrupted as the female One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Aside from the common setting of a mental hospital, both stories play with the concept of the unreliable narrator, both set up character dynamics based on manipulation and defiance of authority, and both end on a decidedly bittersweet note.
Both authors also have front-line experience of the mental health industry, if such a word is not to crude; while Girl, Interrupted author Susanna Keysen spent two years as a patient on a psychiatric ward, Cuckoo's Nest author Ken Kesey spent some time working as an orderly on the graveyard shift at a facility in California.
You would expect, given their respective backgrounds, that Cuckoo's Nest would take a structural perspective on institutionalisation as The Shawshank Redemption later did while Girl, Interrupted would be a personal, memory-driven story, like the original novel was.
In fact, what's interesting about the film of Girl, Interrupted - directed and co-scripted by James Mangold - is that it is very interested in the structural problems present within the American system.
It manages to pull off the same rare trick as Milos Forman's film, being simultaneously a deeply personal depiction of the nuances of mental illness and the ways in which the existing structures of American society let people down and dehumanise them.
Girl, Interrupted also pulls off another trick, namely being a period piece which still has applications to contemporary society. On the one hand, it is a fascinating time capsule of the lates and the role of young people therein: American society is in the grip of unprecedented social change, with many of its most established and respected institutions being questioned at their core, and no-one truly knows how to deal with young people.
While in other stories Susanna would have run away to join a rock band, or robbed a bank, or sought out spiritual enlightenment a la Zabriskie Point , her parents lock her away so that they don't have to deal with her problems.
They choose their dated values and maintaining their social standing over trying to understand their own children, foreshadowing the conservative backlash against the counter-culture that was already starting to creep in.
On the other hand, Girl, Interrupted is a more universal story of people who simply cannot help who they are.
We aren't given a straightforward, overly pat explanation for why Suzanna ended up at the asylum; it's not put down to a family trauma, or blamed on her being 'sinful', or anything so cheap and inappropriate.
Neither is her illness ever presented to us as being something that can be easily conquered, whether by positive thinking or taking the right number of pills: it's a painful, long-term anguish which some learn to live with and others tragically cannot face.
Like Adrian Brody's character in The Pianist, Suzanna is not so much a hero as a survivor, and while she does break from the other characters by making it out in one piece, she has been irrevocably changed by her experience, for better and for worse.
Winona Ryder as an actress has always had a knack for capturing disconnection from other people, whether it's the older generation Edward Scissorhands , her high school peers Heathers or her competitors Black Swan.
While Jolie often threatens to steal away the limelight, her performance is equally crucial to prevent the film from just being a collection of loud, angry, mad people about whom we would have no reason to care.
Like Brad Pitt in Twelve Monkeys before her, she stays just the right side of busy and histrionic, making the outbursts convincing and meaningful but also allowing the quiet moments to speak volumes.
It's a very fine performance which deserved to be recognised just as much as Jolie's. As for Jolie herself, she deserved most if not all of the plaudits she received both then and now.
I said in my review of Wanted that she "always been in her element inhabiting individuals who are in some way damaged, conflicted, morally ambiguous or self-doubting".
She takes Lisa, who could just be a sociopathic, controlling bitch, and slowly but surely teases out all the character's frustrations, neuroses and her emptiness as a person.
If you ever want to prove to a non-fan that there is more to Jolie than losing gorgeous or kicking ass, show them the sequence near the end of this film where she breaks down and attempts suicide.
It's a gut-wrenchingly honest and powerful moment which goes some way towards cementing this film's greatness. One of the criticisms that was made of Girl, Interrupted when it was released is that it was "melodramatic" - in other words, that Mangold had toned down and smoothed out the book to give the audience some form of closure over the character.
Keysen herself was displeased with the adaptation, branding the section in which Susanna and Lisa try to escape as "drivel" and criticising the filmakers for "inventing" whole sections which never reflected her story.
It's difficult to argue that this is the most faithful adaptation in the history of cinema, but as with The Imitation Game there is an argument for departing from the letter of historical fact if a deeper, more thematic truth is presented to the audience as a result.
The key scene in the film, if not the key line, comes during Lisa's breakdown, when Suzanna declares: "Maybe everybody out there is a liar. And maybe the whole world is "stupid" and "ignorant".
But I'd rather be in it. I'd rather be fucking in it, then down here with you. If that revelation, and that whole scene, had come out of nowhere, then the film would have felt melodramatic, with the characters having to bend to the needs of the plot after an hour or so of character-driven storytelling.
But the escape beforehand lends it greater credibility, or at least makes the development more believable for an audience which has not endured her suffering.
The taste of the outside world Susanna is given with Lisa and Daisy is bittersweet, and what joy they experience from their release is short-lived, shattered by Daisy's demise and Lisa's callous attitude towards it.
This is not a fairy tale in which the outside world is free from trouble; it is a different kind of prison, albeit one in which there are many different ways of dealing with what ails u.
If nothing else, Girl, Interrupted deserves credit for taking such a mature approach while pitching to a predominantly younger audience.
Girl, Interrupted also looks fantastic, thanks in part to cinematographer Jack N. Both he and Mangold share a love of period detail and a desire to use historical quirks to shed light on character and mood; the drug store with simply 'Drugs' on the shopfront is both an accurate reflection of the setting and a nod to the blunt, unhelpful nature of the treatment.
Mangold's compositions alternate between intimate and intimidating, judging when to switch very deftly, and the colour scheme beautifully reflects the worn, frayed nature of the protagonists' mental states; the screen is filled with browns and worn yellows, the white surgical robes are dusty, and even the hospital has a tumble-down, faded quality.
Girl, Interrupted is a powerful and compelling examination of mental illness which has aged extremely well and still resonates with modern audiences.
While the central performances remain both its driving force and its most famous characteristic, the film has great depth and honesty throughout, shedding light on a lot of important issues regarding mental health, abuse, manipulation and dependency.
Regardless of what Susanna Keysen may think, it is a truly stunning film that should be seen by anyone who has the stomach for it. Daniel M Super Reviewer.
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Alternate Versions. Rate This. Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her month stay at a mental hospital in the late s. Director: James Mangold.
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