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Brain on Fire (2016)

A young, capable professional cannot explain her newly erratic behavior.

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(screenplay), (memoir)
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The film follows the harrowing experience of a writer struggling with a rare neurological disease from when she first suffers symptoms to the many attempts at diagnosing it and the eventual discovery of the real cause of her illness. Based on the book, 'Brain On Fire', the true story of Susannah Cahalan, a journalist for the New York Times. Written by Danny

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief language and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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22 February 2017 (Philippines)  »

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Cerebro em chamas  »

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Both Chloë Grace Moretz and Tyler Perry have starred in films based on Gillian Flynn's novels, Dark Places (2015) and Gone Girl (2014) respectively. See more »

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Susannah Cahalan: Have you ever been trapped? Lost in your own body, lost in your own mind, lost in time? So desperate to escape, to just get out.
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5 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Wow. This is a great case that psychiatry is basically a pseudoscience from a prior century, and unfortunately it's still a fallback for medical doctors when they can't explain a neurological problem -- much like in even prior eras when natural phenomenon that were unexplained would be chalked up to supernatural causes. Brain on Fire was nerve wracking and suspenseful. Maybe it wasn't quite as artful as A Beautiful Mind, but the acting was at least good enough and I agree with the other reviews: important subject matter.


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