Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura)

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1940's, Brazil- Dr. Nise da Silveira (Played by award-winning actress Gloria Pires) is at work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock for the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by doctors, she is forced to take the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she starts a revolution through paints, dogs and love. Through her efforts, renowned modern art museums opened their doors to artists nobody ever heard of. Many critics pointed out that these exhibitions revealed painters that went on to be ranked amongst the best Brazillian artists of the century. Behind this miracle there was no art academy, patron or dealer. The artists were schizophrenic, poor, hospitalized for several decades, abandoned by their families and hopeless to all but da Silveira. NISE:THE HEART OF MADNESS tells the real life story of this "miracle" and the life of this rebellious, frail and engaging psychiatrist.

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Critic Reviews for Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura)

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  • Elegantly [combines] a triumph-over-adversity yarn with a sensitive exploration of the redemptive power of artistic creation.

    Apr 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Unlike in so many films, here the actors' portrayals of psychiatric patients' conditions -- and their humanity -- ring true.

    Apr 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a study of courageous innovation against an entrenched medical orthodoxy.

    Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • No less then seven screenwriters contributed to the script, which has its powerful moments but so deifies Silveira that the movie turns into a black-and-white struggle between a caring, enlightened woman and a cadre of hard-hearted, benighted men.

    Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Classically well-shaped and captivating in its small, well-observed gestures of behavior and of color and shape which pour from her patients' subconscious.

    Apr 29, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Nise - The Heart Of Madness is a brilliantly rendered slice of history which touches on numerous subjects and really does justice to the people it portrays.

    Apr 28, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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