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Based on a true story. "Ruth" (played by actress Ruth Wilson, to protect the identity of the real patient in question) is a junior doctor hearing voices which tell her to kill herself. She is treated by controversial psychologist Dr Rufus May. Written by Anonymous

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Very unusual (Spoilers!)
20 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I agree with the comments of "She's_Dead". It is very difficult to ascertain how this docu-film was made in terms of what is reality and what isn't and where the real Ruth was all along. Certain scenes feel as if they have been filmed in the moment but as Ruth is played by an actress some scenes would have had to be filmed after the actual incident, in which case Rufus the psychiatrist was re-creating scenes with an actress, which is unusual because he is not an actor (or at least we are not told that he is).

It would have been instrumental for the director to have clarified these points of confusion at the beginning of the film. Despite these flaws I have to say that the premise of the film itself is quite interesting. Rufus the psychiatrist suggests that mental problems cannot be solved by medication and by the end of the film you would most likely agree with this having seen how things turn out for Ruth. She accepts that her mental illness is not a drawback in itself- the drawback is the reaction of society to this illness. In this sense the film is thought-provoking and quite insightful.


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