Sunday, July 29, 2007

Girl, Interrupted

1. Girl, Interrupted is about Susanna, a recent high school graduate who attempts suicide and is placed in a mental institution in the late 1960's. Based on a true story, the movie follows Susanna throughout the course of her stay at Claymoore, a mental institution. While she is there, she begins to see herself as she truly is, and also how she wants to be.

2. The majority of the cast is female, because the mental institution is seperated by gender. Aside from the women in the institution, women are shown as very strong. One of the doctors is a woman, and the nurses are also all female. This film addresses many issues women face (depression, anorexia, etc). It also addresses ways to deal with these issues through therapy. I think the film is empowering for females, because seeing others go through the same pains may not be exactly comforting, but at least you don't feel so alone.

3. I think parts of the film refer to feminist issues (Valerie is a black nurse in a primarily white hospital), but it isn't the main point of the film.

4. I personally love this movie. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I am very interested in psychology, so I suppose that is how it relates to my personal experience.

5. Resources:
a. Girl, Interrupted - the book the movie is based on

~Samantha Powers~

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