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      Opium: Diary of a Madwoman

      2007 1 hr. 49 min. Drama List
      Reviews 51% 250+ Ratings Audience Score At a dark and foreboding mental asylum for women in pre-World War I Hungary, opium-addicted psychiatrist Dr. Jozsef Brenner (Ulrich Thomsen) volunteers strictly to obtain easy access to morphine. Once inside the nightmarish asylum, where the female patients are routinely abused by the nuns who perform nursing duties and primitive lobotomies occur regularly, Brenner finds himself increasingly obsessed by a particular patient, compulsive writer Gizella Klein (Kirsti Stubo). Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Brutal torture, doctor-on-patient action, and a good sense of style do not outweigh an outrageously self-serious and exploitative plot. The film is as schizophrenic as the inmates. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member one of those films that make you feel human, completely visceral form every point of view Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Kupaaaa, kupaaaa, kupaaaa. Szkoda Szasza. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The film is full of shocking scenes, strong, and difficult to see, human beings are treated like guinea pigs and the treatments are torture sessions. Great script, but I felt sick to see the movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautiful photography, good acting but unfortunately the story fails to deliver. Interesting to watch though. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Claustrofobia, ansiedad, esquizofrenia y maltrato físico en su máxima expresión. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jeremy Heilman MovieMartyr.com The whole experience of watching this is tense, dehumanizing, and fairly baffling. Rated: 27/100 Jan 23, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis At a dark and foreboding mental asylum for women in pre-World War I Hungary, opium-addicted psychiatrist Dr. Jozsef Brenner (Ulrich Thomsen) volunteers strictly to obtain easy access to morphine. Once inside the nightmarish asylum, where the female patients are routinely abused by the nuns who perform nursing duties and primitive lobotomies occur regularly, Brenner finds himself increasingly obsessed by a particular patient, compulsive writer Gizella Klein (Kirsti Stubo).
      Director
      Janos Szasz
      Screenwriter
      Janos Szasz, András Szekér
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Nov 11, 2008
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital