Nise: The Heart of Madness (2015)
|Genre||Biography, Drama, History|
|Content Rating||Not Rated (Not Rated)|
|Awards||Awards4 wins & 12 nominations|
Nise: The Heart of Madness
Nise: The Heart of Madness (Portuguese: Nise: O Coração da Loucura) is a 2015 Brazilian docudrama directed by Roberto Berliner. Starring Glória Pires, the film is based on the life of psychiatrist Nise da Silveira, a pioneer of occupational therapy in Brazil. Nise also features Fabrício Boliveira, Fernando Eiras, Perfeito Fortuna, Roberta Rodrigues, Augusto Madeira, Simone Mazzer, and Zé Carlos Machado.
In 1944, the doctor Nise da Silveira returns to work in a psychiatric hospital in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and refuses to use electroshock and lobotomy in the treatment of schizophrenics. Insulated from the other doctors, she must reorganize the abandoned occupational-therapy sector, where she forms a new clinical approach of listening and observing, further alienating herself from her colleagues. Insisting that those under her care be referred to as clients, rather than patients, she encourages the freedom of expression through art, discovering her clients' talents. She opens the Casa das Palmeiras, a clinic and studio, at the hospital, and later starts a museum dedicated to her clients' artwork.
According to director Roberto Berliner, the idea for Nise came from Bernardo Horta, brother of the film's director of photography, André Horta. André started organizing some of da Silveira's writing, then passed the project to Berliner in 2003. In all, research for the film took 13 years.
The film was released over 3 years in different parts of the world. In 2015, it was released in Japan. Throughout 2016, it was released in Sweden, France, Brazil, and the Netherlands. In 2017, it was released in the United States by Outsider Pictures and Strand Releasing. In 2018, it was released to selected (about 600) screens in mainland China from January 5 through February 4.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Nise received generally positive reviews with a rating of 86%. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called it "a mesmerizing drama", Daphne Howland of The Village Voice wrote "the actors’ portrayals ... ring true", Jonathan Holland of The Hollywood Reporter called it "heartwarming but unsentimental", and J. R. Jones of the Chicago Reader wrote that it "has its powerful moments but ... turns into a black-and-white struggle between a caring, enlightened woman and a cadre of hard-hearted, benighted men."
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2015||Nise: The Heart of Madness||Tokyo International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Film||Won|
|Glória Pires||Tokyo International Film Festival Grand Prix for Best Actress||Won|
|Nise: The Heart of Madness||Rio Film Festival Audience Award||Won|
|2016||IndieWire Critic's Poll Best Undistributed Film||Nominated|
|IndieWire Critic's Poll Best Overlooked Film||Nominated|