Not for me, however, very effective and important! One viewing of this film gets you closer to empathizing with schizophrenia. Just today as I finished seeing it, I saw a man talking to himself and shouting incoherently. What I noticed the most was the reaction of people in the street around him. It was a mixture of bemusement and laughter, which I now know is nothing but a guise hiding the shrinking terror within.
Even though the plot was a bit lacking, I thought it was pretty good at showing the spectrum of mental disorders for the characters. Peter Greene really commits to his character. It's too bad he's really typecast as a baddie these days, but obviously he's quite good at it.
It's really great to see that there exist films which demistify Sch and present the psychosis and its affective, cognitive and behavioral symptoms in an honest and clinically correct way. In addition, the sound and camera work extremely well in building the raw and uneasy atmosphere from the very beginning.
the film's coup is that it exposes you raw to the effects of schizophrenia through its subtle shots which get under your skin; the sliding gradations of the characters' sanity; an eventual paranoid inability to trust any agent or any shot. nonetheless, it's not a completely brutal affair: you're shown a sliver of redemption for every character even as 'sanity' is shown to be tenuous at best, and destructive at worst.
A meticulous film about mental illness that skillfully manages to make the audience empathetic with the protagonist without romanticizing the mental illness per se. It feels exhausting, dangerous, and some shots are really uneasy to watch, but it has a clear purpose in being so. Sound design is key. Love this to bits.
"Clean, shaven" sabe crear la atmósfera perturbadora de los síntomas de la esquizofrenia. Contempla además esa dualidad: la enfermedad mental y la del paciente deseoso de recuperarse a modo de redención. El encuentro con su hija esa algo así como el camino a la recuperación mental y paternal. Genial Peter Greene.
What an unsettling film, Peter Greene gives an outstanding performance as a schizophrenic man looking for his daughter. Found this movie to be disturbing and sometimes hard to watch, makes you feel like your going insane with all the static sounds and noises. It really puts you in the characters shoes and thats what I loved about it.