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Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Maybe I was just crazy, maybe it was the 60's.
In "Girl, Interrupted" James Mangold, who evidently takes inspiration from the cult "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" by Forman, succeeds, telling the true story of Susanna Kaysen and her 18-month imprisonment in a psychiatric hospital, to describe in a more than accurate way a fresco of the society of the 60s, with all its prejudices and its social dynamics, as well as the growing need of young people to free themselves from these ones and trace their own path. All this is narrated through the filter of Susanna (W. Ryder), a depressed, lost soul , who cannot find comfort in anything or anyone until her hospitalization at the Claymoore institute, where she will establish bonds with the other hospitalized girls, first of all Lisa (A. Jolie), an enterprising young woman with sociopathic tendencies but with an innate ability to exert a strong influence on those around her.
This social criticism, which lingers a lot on the concept of mental illness and on the vision one has of those affected by it, unfolds elegantly throughout the film, always being authentic and never forced, if not for a slight decrease in the thickness of the plot in the finale, scripted in my opinion more weakly than the rest of the film.
Among the cast members, who all give a good interpretation on the whole, Jolie certainly stands out, capable of giving her character a wide range of nuances and perfectly transmitting the magnetism that characterizes her to the viewer, as well as a seventeen-year-old Elisabeth Moss , who plays a mild-tempered and innocent hospital patient, scarred in the face from severe burns.