7.2/10
90
2 user 5 critic

Asylum (1972)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 March 1975 (France)
A documentary crew lives with the schizophrenic residents of a group home based upon radical psychiatrist R. D. Laing's controversial approach to healing through compassion and freedom.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Asylum I (1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ginger's sister Brigitte, now a werewolf herself, must try to find a cure for her blood lust before the next full moon while hiding out in a rehab clinic from a relentless werewolf.

Director: Brett Sullivan
Stars: Emily Perkins, Brendan Fletcher, Katharine Isabelle
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband who possesses her young son.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner, David Colin Jr.
Asylum II (2014)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

A veteran hostage negotiator's next call leads him to an overrun insane asylum. He soon finds that dark forces are pushing the patients to commit atrocities, and he may be the only one that can stop them.

Director: Todor Chapkanov
Stars: Stephen Rea, Bruce Payne, Dimo Alexiev
Family Life (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A teenage girl suffers a nervous breakdown.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
R.D. Laing ...
Himself
Leon Redler ...
Himself
David Bell ...
Himself
Julia ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

A documentary crew lives with the schizophrenic residents of a group home based upon radical psychiatrist R. D. Laing's controversial approach to healing through compassion and freedom.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The feature documentary, filmed inside the London haven of psychiatrist R.D. Laing. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

12 March 1975 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Asylum - R.D. Laing  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting
11 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting documentary observing the lives of mentally ill patients and their therapists living together in a house.

The filmmakers mostly watch--there are not a lot of interviews or exposition here. It leaves a lot for the viewer to figure out: who is "crazy" and who is "sane?" I'm not familiar with this theory of treating mental illness, but apparently it has something to do with letting mentally ill people live together without taking medication and just be themselves. It results in a very chaotic hour and a half of people screaming, incessantly talking nonsense, and smoking.

What's really amazing is the patience and dedication of the therapists who live with them. The therapists don't really intervene in the actions of the mentally ill, and it doesn't seem like there is any structured therapy sessions going on, but they are there anyway. One of the most interesting comments, in my opinion, was when a therapist was asked about a patient who talks nonsense incessantly. The therapist replied that he stayed in the room, with the patient, because of the potential that something, some time, might make sense.

I wouldn't say this is the most insightful documentary on mental illness I've ever seen, but it pulls you in to the extent that you just can't stop watching. The interaction between mentally ill people who clearly have different problems is bizarre. In my completely uninformed opinion, this whole idea of treating mental illness by allowing it to flourish without any sort of boundaries is ridiculous, but it's an interesting experiment to observe.


6 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page