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The Sleep Room (1998)

 -  Drama  -  31 March 1998 (Canada)
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Based on a true story, this production relates the tale of two American lawyers who try to bring the U.S. government to its knees. In the early 1950s, the CIA funds a Montreal psychiatric ... See full summary »

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Leon Pownall ...
Dr. Ewen Cameron
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Nathalie Belding
Nicola Cavendish ...
Ruth Farmer
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Nurse Stephens
Emmanuel Bilodeau ...
Dandain
France Castel ...
Flo Langelben
Diego Matamoros ...
Dr. Goldman
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Dr. Burns
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Sal Rothenberg
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Joseph Rauh
Marina Orsini ...
Jane Conroy
Frank Moore ...
Mr. Krantz
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Lucas
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Judge Locke
Daniel Kash ...
Aaron Rothenberg
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Based on a true story, this production relates the tale of two American lawyers who try to bring the U.S. government to its knees. In the early 1950s, the CIA funds a Montreal psychiatric hospital to do some research on mind control. Thirty-some years later, the patients want justice... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Le pavillon de l'oubli  »

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Dr. Ewen Cameron: The rules that come with mental patients are that a third get better, a third get worse and a third remain the same. Do you know what I mean by that?
Nurse Stephens: No, I'm sorry, I don't.
Dr. Ewen Cameron: Psychiatry is smoke'n'mirrors and mumbo-jumbo. My degree isn't worth the paper that it's written on!
[sits on piano angrily]
Nurse Stephens: We didn't get the Smith money did we?
Dr. Ewen Cameron: We didn't deserve the goddamn money! Wilder Penfield got it!
[wolfs down a whole cup of alcohol]
Dr. Ewen Cameron: Well at least he does research.
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19 March 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I worked in a psychiatric hospital, such as Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine in 2009 and I can tell that the actors are credible. It could not be more realistic than that, it's the real scene. The techniques changed, but I can tell that ethic is still a problem because patients are over medicated and look like the patients in the movie.

It's for sure that electroshock is a drastic and unscientific practises and this movie make us feel some of the emotions of patients had and that's excellent. I was shocked about the truth and I am glad that I know that the Canada government did not do anything to save the patients in Montreal.


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