May 33rd (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  21 April 2004 (UK)
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When Ella visits an osteopath to relieve physical trauma, the therapy triggers a devastating fragmentation of her already fragile personality.



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Credited cast:
Lia Williams ...
Ella Wilson
Søren Byder ...
Mali Harries ...
Sarah Sorensson
Wesley Nelson ...
Charlie Sorensson
Simon Greiff ...
Malcolm Raeburn ...
Uncle Len
Valerie Minifie ...
Roger Watkins ...
Syan Blake ...
Social Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Antoniades ...
Dr. Jacobs


Drama about an abused woman and the osteopath who, in treating her physical pain, is drawn into the world of her mental torment. Ritually abused since childhood by a group of relatives and supposed friends, Ella has developed a multiple personality disorder. Her osteopath Edward witnesses the startling effect of her condition and, crucially, he also believes the harrowing story she unfolds. Written by Anonymous

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Hypnotic, disturbing, brilliant
5 May 2004 | by (Exeter, England) – See all my reviews

This extraordinary TV drama deserved more publicity and reviews. It is totally absorbing, beginning as the character attempts her escape from the life of abuse that is all she has known from childhood onwards.

This is the first drama I have ever seen about the phenomenon of dissociative identity disorder (DID), or multiple personality disorder. In the case of Ella Wilson, the character brilliantly played by Lia Williams, her mental problems stem from the cycle of brutal sexual abuse by a group of paedophiles, some of whom are relatives. When she visits an osteopath, Edward, his touch releases different personalities, and as he gradually understands the nature of the problem he intervenes to help her. But one of Ella's personalities is given to sudden acts of aggression, and Edward abruptly realizes his family may be at risk.

The immense problems suffered by a person with DID in finding anyone who will believe them, let alone help them, are agonizingly explored in this film. The acting, direction and camera work are superb, and Ella's repeated attempts at escaping from the cycle have a hypnotic effect. Not a happy film, but one to make you think for a long time afterwards.

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