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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)
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 »
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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 Mavignier
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)


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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1 May 2017 | by crburgerSee all my reviews

I want to be careful to avoid spoilers and I don't think there really is much to spoil. This film was outstanding and reading the other review, I couldn't agree more. I saw it in Chicago at Siskel Film Center in Spring of 2017. If this Dr. accomplished even half of what was depicted she should be sainted. This film should be required watching for mental health professionals. She accomplished so much with people that were truly sick and did so in adverse conditions. Film students could learn as well about bio-pics. And talk about supporting cast...the patients around her made Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over...look sane. A few scenes might be troubling but don't let that put you off.

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