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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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Credited cast:
... Dr. Brenner
Kirsti Stubø ... Gizella
Zsolt László ... Professor Winter
Enikö Börcsök ... Sister Hortenzia
Gyöngyvér Bognár ... Gizella's Room Mate
Roland Rába
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Konstantinné Andresin ... Patient
Ildikó Balaton ... Patient
Krisztina Bihari ... Patient
Bori Blaskó
Krisztina Boros ... Patient
Krisztina Bádi ... Patient
Lilla Csonka ... Patient
Alexandra Dévai
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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Dr. Brenner: I am writing about Evil.
Professor Winter: How interesting. Continue.
Dr. Brenner: I'm getting acquainted with it.
Professor Winter: You don't say. What's it like?
Dr. Brenner: Dim... and strong.
Professor Winter: And what about the plot?
Dr. Brenner: The hero has to commit a sin to win the trust of Evil.
Professor Winter: [Disdainfully] You writers... You infect people's souls with your scribbles.
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European cinema at its best
22 March 2015 | by See 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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