Opium: Diary of a Madwoman (2008)





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Director Janos Szasz and co-screenwriter Andras Szeker draw inspiration from the unfinished diaries of pioneering Hungarian neurologist Dr. Jozsef Brenner (better known by his pen name Geza Csath) for this grim tale of a drug-addicted doctor and a deeply disturbed mental patient. Dr. Jozsef Brenner (Ulrich Thomsen) is a morphine-addicted medico with a bad case of writer's block. Convinced that he could summon creativity if he could only acquire some morphine, Dr. Brenner travels to a remote asylum for mentally afflicted women claiming that he needs the drugs for a psychoanalytic study. Dr. Brenner's cunning plan hits an unexpected hitch, however, when clinic director Moravcsik (Zsolt Laszlo) voices noticeable disapproval of the hedonistic new arrival's decidedly non-traditional methods. When Dr. Brenner makes the acquaintance of a deeply disturbed patient (Kristi Stubo) who believes her soul has been claimed by the devil, his bizarre attempt to ease the woman's pain while selfishly advancing his own cause proves profoundly unethical yet strangely effective. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Ulrich Thomsen
as Dr. Brenner
Kirsti Stubø
as Gizella
Enikö Börcsök
as Sister Hortenzia
Gyöngyvér Bognár
as Gizella's Room Mate
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Critic Reviews for Opium: Diary of a Madwoman

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The whole experience of watching this is tense, dehumanizing, and fairly baffling.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008

Audience Reviews for Opium: Diary of a Madwoman

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Above average on a purely technical level, this Hungarian drama offers little else. Every effort is spent creating a far too mannered visual style- one that has more in common with Oscar bait dramas than whatever this purports to be.The idea of dueling narrators is never fully realized. It offers no point of view regarding mental illness. While this lack of an overly preachy message may be an asset, you get the sense that all the thought went to toward weak attempts to shock the audience. it is marketed as another l'amour fou, but it is too sketchily pieced together to engage.

Richard Stracke
Richard Stracke

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