Nise: The Heart of Madness
CAST: Gloria Pires, Julio Adriao, Flavio Bauraqui, Fabricio Boliveira DIRECTOR: Roberto Berliner TUESDAY FILM SERIES
Biopic of unorthodox Brazilian psychiatrist Nise da Silveira (Gloria Pires), who rejected the draconian mental-health treatments of the 1950s and instead encouraged those in her care to express themselves through painting. Her patients' work went on to garner massive acclaim within the art world.
Imagine the polar opposite of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and you have something like the brilliant, kindly heroine of Nise–The Heart of Madness.Jonathan Holland, Film Journal
Unlike in so many films, here the actors' portrayals of psychiatric patients' conditions -- and their humanity -- ring true.Daphne Howland, Village Voice
...a brilliantly rendered slice of history which touches on numerous subjects and really does justice to the people it portrays.Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film