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Chris has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder following a psychotic episode. After 28 days in the care of young registrar Dr. Bruce Flaherty he is due to be released, but Bruce fears that his patient's belief that his father is Idi Amin, and the fact that he insists that oranges are blue, are warning signs of schizophrenia. If Chris is released into the community he could well suffer a terrible breakdown. The scene is set for a struggle with senior consultant Dr. Robert Smith who sees Chris as ready to leave. Written by Anonymous

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An INCREDIBLE film
15 June 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Like antony-1, above, I saw this film on BBC4 (praise be...). Just flicking around and I caught this just after the beginning. I was immediately struck by the mix of powerful writing (I'm given to understand it was an award-winning play) and the equally powerful performances - from all three leads. I sat there, sorry that no one was there to see this amazing film with me.

I was delighted, if not surprised, to read that this film played excellently to someone not from a mental health background, but as someone with an intense and long-term interest in the practicalities and philosophy of psychology/psychiatry, I was enthralled by this work. The two doctors bounce off each other in, what struck me as, a very ancient Greek philosophical 'dialogue' kind of way, following every line of argument you could wish to hear on the subject of mental health, especially the racial aspects.

Each actor delivers explosively, working from a script not crafted with the faint of heart in mind! Fantastic. I would have to disagree slightly with the previous commentator, in saying that the conversations in Blue/Orange are exactly the kind of cut-and-thrust you are likely to hear between two devoted (obsessed? :)) mental health professionals. It's just one of those areas in life so basically existential that if you have a view on it, and it matters practically as it does for a psychiatrist, you will argue *very* passionately. Given, the situation is somewhat OTT, but only for satire's sake.

I went to HMV the following day to try and buy this. Couldn't find it there and couldn't find it on Amazon (though the book is available). Will continue searching in hope.


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