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  • Unable to cope with the world of reality and the difficulty that comes with it, 18 year old Susanna, (Wynona Ryder) is admitted to a mental institution in ordert to overcome her disorder. However, she has trouble understanding her disorder and therefore finds it difficult to tame, especially when she meets the suggestive and unpredictable Lisa, (Angela Jolie).

    - Written by Toni
  • Susanna is rushed to the hospital. Afterwards she discusses this with a psychiatrist. She had been having some delusions. She had also been having an affair with the husband of her parents' friend. The doctor suggests that combining a bottle of aspirin and a bottle of vodka was a suicide attempt. This she denies. He recommends a short period of rest at Claymoore. Claymoore is a private mental hospital full of noisy, crazy people. Georgina is a pathological liar. Polly has been badly scarred by fire. Daisy won't eat in the presence of other people. Lisa is a sociopath, the biggest exasperation for the staff - like Nurse Valerie - and the biggest influence on the other girls in the hospital. Lisa has a history of escapes, so gaining access to personal medical files is not a problem... Susanna's boyfriend Toby is concerned that she seems too comfortable living with her institutionalized friends...

    - Written by David Woodfield
  • Susanna is depressed and directionless after finishing high school in the late 1960's. A suicide attempt lands her in Claymore, a mental institution. She befriends the band of troubled women in her ward (Georgina the pathological liar, the sexually abused Daisy, the burn victim Polly) but falls under the hypnotic sway of Lisa, the wildest and most hardened of the bunch. Will Susanna "drop anchor" at Claymore and perpetually act out like Lisa, or will she finally pull her mind together and leave institutional life behind?

    - Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>
  • Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

    - Written by anonymous

Synopsis

"Maybe I really was crazy. Maybe it was the 60's. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted." Susanna is a young woman of eighteen...

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