Opium: Diary of a Madwoman (2008)
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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.
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.
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