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The Institute (2017)

R | | Thriller | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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In 19th century Baltimore, a girl stricken with grief from her parents' untimely death voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute, and is subjected to bizarre and increasingly ... See full summary »
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Allie Gallerani ... Isabel Porter
James Franco ... Dr. Cairn
Joe Pease ... Roderick Porter
Scott Haze ... Gunther
Lori Singer ... Madame Werner
Amber Coney ... Margaret
Val Lauren ... Dr. Jacobs
Zoë Bleu Sidel Zoë Bleu Sidel ... Lucy (as Zoe Bleu)
Gabrielle Haugh ... Allison
Pamela Anderson ... Ann Williams
Cynthia Murell ... Clara Barnes
Tim Blake Nelson ... Dr. Lemelle
Topher Grace ... Vincent
Eric Roberts ... Dr. Torrington
Ben Youcef ... Arthur Turner
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In 19th century Baltimore, a girl stricken with grief from her parents' untimely death voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute, and is subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control; she must escape the clutches of the Rosewood and exact her revenge. Written by Momentum Pictures

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Rated R for disturbing content/bloody violence, and graphic nudity | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

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3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Institut See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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The main character has obvious bikini tan lines during the ritual. See more »

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Disaster Artist (2017) See more »

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Sufficiently creepy, but very odd
20 July 2017 | by Jeff2sayshiSee all my reviews

The Institute is VERY loosely based on a true story. The true story of the Rosewood Center is strange enough on its own. A mental health institution whose patients were taken by the rich as slaves. The movie takes the idea of being used by the rich, but keeps it within the walls of the building itself.

Isabel (Allie Gallerani) checks into Rosewood on her doctor's orders for grief and anxiety. When meeting Dr. Cairn (James Franco) the doctor takes her under his wing and makes her his star patient. He works on breaking her entirely to the point where she doesn't know who she is, and can become someone else as part of a performance for the rich.

It's all illogical, but if you can just go along with it, the performances allow for the creepiness to come through. It definitely won't be for everyone, and some may hate it, but there is more to it than originally thought.


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