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Opium: Diary of a Madwoman (2007)

Ópium: Egy elmebeteg nö naplója (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 29 March 2007 (Hungary)
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A drug-addicted doctor (Thomsen) who works in an asylum discovers that one of his patients (Stubo) is a gifted writer.

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János Szász

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Géza Csáth (diaries), András Szekér | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Ulrich Thomsen ... Dr. Brenner
Kirsti Stubø Kirsti Stubø ... Gizella
Zsolt László Zsolt László ... Professor Winter
Enikö Börcsök Enikö Börcsök ... Sister Hortenzia
Gyöngyvér Bognár Gyöngyvér Bognár ... Gizella's Room Mate
Roland Rába Roland Rába
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Konstantinné Andresin Konstantinné Andresin ... Patient
Ildikó Balaton Ildikó Balaton ... Patient
Krisztina Bihari Krisztina Bihari ... Patient
Bori Blaskó Bori Blaskó
Krisztina Boros Krisztina Boros ... Patient
Krisztina Bádi Krisztina Bádi ... Patient
Lilla Csonka Lilla Csonka ... Patient
Alexandra Dévai Alexandra Dévai
Kitty Fejes Kitty Fejes
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A drug-addicted doctor (Thomsen) who works in an asylum discovers that one of his patients (Stubo) is a gifted writer.

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

29 March 2007 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Opium: Diary of a Madwoman See more »

Filming Locations:

Komarom, Hungary

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Dr. Brenner: [Narrating, having administered himself a dose of morphine] The essence of life is such an expensive commodity, that through the centuries, entire generations receive a mere hour of it all told. He who accepts this accepts the fact that he must die even before he is born. But he, the one who has forever been obsessed with poison, should extract 14 hours to himself from every day. These 14 hours are equal to 8,000 years of life lived by 400 generations. But let's just say 5,000. Which means that ...
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European cinema at its best
22 March 2015 | by Bob ESee all my reviews

I am used to seeing twisted Hungarian movies like this, cruelty and negativity taken to extremes, think Kontroll and Taxidermia. The intended effect is to elicit strong conflicting and contrasting emotions, on the background of the instincts exacerbated by addiction and madness respectively in the lead characters, which eventually overcome all education and inhibitions.

On the other hand I ask you to think about a nation that lost 2/3 of its territories after WW1 along with every battle it fought since 1848, with almost half of Hungarians living abroad and hated by all of its formerly dominated neighbors, with one of highest suicide rates in EU. Is it then any wonder that the minds of these directors are so twisted?

In the interest of historical accuracy the first "icepick" transorbital lobotomy had not been performed earlier than at least 1946.

A great movie, I absolutely loved it and strongly recommend to all. I already ordered the DVD.


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