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"Girl Interrupted"
This paper discusses the issues of art and reality in the mental health film "Girl Interrupted", based on the book by Susanna Kaysen and directed by James Mangold.
# 65731 | 2,070 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on May 16, 2006 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Psychology (General)

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This paper explains that, from a reality point of view, "Girl Interrupted" is true in the sense of not making the mentally-ill post-adolescent girl a babbling idiot, even though there are some scenes of screaming and tantrums. The author points out that the "art" of the film is seen in the lighting and camera placement, which sets the mood and an outstanding "supporting" performance by Vanessa Redgrave, as the head doctor of the mental hospital. The paper concludes that there are moments of starkness and quiet subtlety in this film, which not only wakes it "watchable" but also makes one want to see it again to catch some nuance that may have been missed the first time.

From the Paper:

"Art, of course, is always in the eye of the beholder. But, "Girl Interrupted" presents Art (with a capital A) to an audience for whom the art of cinematography and all the technical aspects of it, mean relatively little. In this film, the intended audience can be caught up in the emotions, clearly visible with a lot of very tough close-ups, and, finally, how it is possible to come to terms with oneself and go on into life, even if it is not "normal" according to society. It is also a strength of the movie that it is not preachy and that the "adult" characters are really only a sort of signpost on the way to potential recovery."

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