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Nise: The Heart of Madness (2015)

Nise: O Coração da Loucura (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 28 April 2017 (USA)
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Based on the true story of Dr. Nise da Silveira, a psychiatrist in Brazil who treated her patients with art instead of electroshock therapy.


Roberto Berliner


Flávia Castro (screenplay), Mauricio Lissovski (screenplay) (as Maurício Lissovsky) | 5 more credits »
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Glória Pires ... Nise da Silveira (as Gloria Pires)
Luciana Fregolente Luciana Fregolente ... Eugênia
Simone Mazzer Simone Mazzer ... Adelina Gomes
Fabrício Boliveira ... Fernando Diniz
Zé Mário Farias Zé Mário Farias ... Enfermeiro
Julio Adrião Julio Adrião ... Carlos Pertius
Michel Bercovitch Michel Bercovitch ... Dr. César
Felipe Rocha Felipe Rocha ... Almir
Zécarlos Machado Zécarlos Machado ... Dr. Nelson (as Zé Carlos Machado)
Tadeu Aguiar Tadeu Aguiar ... Dr. Mourão
Fernando Eiras ... Mário Magalhães
Augusto Madeira Augusto Madeira ... Lima
Roney Villela Roney Villela ... Lúcio Noeman
Roberta Rodrigues Roberta Rodrigues ... Ivone Lara
Flavio Bauraqui Flavio Bauraqui ... Octávio Ignácio (as Flávio Bauraqui)
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A miracle happened in Brazil on the 1950's. Renowned modern art museums opened their doors to artists nobody ever heard of. Many critics pointed out that theses exhibitions revealed painters that should be ranked amongst the best brazillian artists of the century. It was written that this explosion of art and beauty was a sign that something comparable to the renaissance was happening in Riio de Janeiro. Behind this miracle there was no art academy, patron or dealer, only a psychiatrist, ridiculed by her colleagues, and a painting studio at a mental hospital, in the outskirts of town. The artists were schizophrenic, poor, hospitalized for several decades, abandoned by their families and hopeless according to their doctors. This film tells the story of this "Miracle" and the life of this rebellious, frail and engaging psychiatrist: Dra. Nise da Silveira. Written by TvZero

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Art to cure the madness.


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A Treatment of Art Madness
18 June 2018 | by maralvimmmSee all my reviews

A story that is very important, not only for Brazil, but vital in the context of the health process, something moving and revolutionary, because the madness treated from a human point of view and as an instrument art, something very sensitive, something that values the ego of the person who has lost and wants to reintegrate life. A medical woman who believed in the power of love, to transform people who so badly need a way out.

The filmmaker is Paulo Pauloer, a great documentary filmmaker, made a documentary of Herbet Vianna (Herbet from Around 2009) and did this in detail. As protagonist we have one of the greatest Brazilian artists, Glória Pires, who made among other films, Se Eu Fosse Você (2006 and part II in 2009) and O Guarani in 1996.

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