55 Steps (2017)
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Helena Bonham Carter hit it out of the park with this.
One of two excellent films about mental illness at 2017 Tiff.
Very moving story and well defined characters.
Sadly, based on a story that is unfortunately very much true.
We were very fortunate to have the cast and real life personalities at my screening for an extensive Q&A - thanks to all for coming.
Particularly hopeful was learning that the central characters are still engaged in improving the quality of life for older people living in retirement and old-age institutions.
one of the worst parts about it is that these things STILL happened long after these kinds of cases made their ways through the courts and Won there! the ways that psychiatry occupies our bodies is Insidious and Disturbingly pervasive, the destruction which they cause is immutable and can never be forgotten, please see the movie and realize that it is only one of many stories, in which human beings were required to suffer such incomprehensible losses without cause at the alter of psychiatry (for it is certainly a Faith and NOT a science!!!) remember always!!!!!
I added one extra star because I like the subject of the film and feel these things need to be shown and talked about more for social understanding of the realities of what can be considered nothing less than an epidemic.
I was drawn to this movie because of the topic of patient safety; I found it hard to watch because the film felt like it tried too hard to tug at viewers emotions and the main character seemed exaggerated to me, but I did cry at the end, so something worked.
I am inspired by this real life story and incredibly saddened at the same time: the fact that doctors cover for the medical/pharmaceutical industrial complex is one that pains me every day. I applaud the efforts of Eleanor Riese and her lawyers, who I view as heroes, but how far have we come? Informed consent and a patient's right to choose is still violated across the board in the medical field every day, which is why I'm so busy working hard on these issues.
Helena Bonham Carter's portrayal is beyond description. Watch this just for seeing acting raised to an art.
The screenplay was a bit weak, the directing was okay but not great and, the editing? Not so good. The legal process and the courtroom scenes were also too weak without any tension whatsoever. This film, in general, is just another film with certain goodwill agenda.