Janice is the rebellious daughter of lower-middle-class parents. Increasingly unable to cope with her behaviour, her parents seek help from a psychiatrist, and Janice is taken into residential care, ‘for her own good’.
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The British realism revised by the look of direct cinema, of filmmakers like Wiseman or Leacock, without the bouncy camera "style", which now has become a cliché in the fictional film with "documentary" features. Survey of a normalizing society, without regard to speech, its little ambivalence is matched by an extraordinary formal reinvention of the real (ism).
the bitter irony when the "mental health practitioner" at the end says "a logical expectation given the case history" without realizing how integral he/his institution are as bits of that case history leading to such a "logical" end. broken system creating broken people
"Eles se comportam bem e esperam isso de você também. É o normal, mas é sadio? Eu acho que não.
Sempre pontuais, passivos, conhecem sua posição,
Saem somente para trabalhar nessas fábricas,
não sabem fazer outra coisa. Isso é o que significa a família. Malditos campos de treinamento. Até que consigam que você faça o mesmo. E que lugar você ocupa em tudo isto? Onde se encaixa? Você pode mudar isso, colocar sua marca."
3.25/5 -- Empathy toward the transference of parental psychosis, guilt, and manipulation, + the corrosive stamp of conformity. But the pervasive sense of meekness actually angered me, like we are pawns of our parents' emotional abuse and the invasive nanny state. FUCK THAT!! Even those who care are helpless bystanders. Devolves into cliché but some emotional set pieces unfold beautifully (ex: the lunch argument).
An above average family drama personifying the separation from tradition and generational values. One thing this film did well was the balance between the parents and Janice. Generally they skew to favor one or the other but this film captures the misguided attempts by everyone to do the "right" thing.
Good film, if a bit quiet and understated. A lack of score mixed with realistic dialogue make the scenes more realistic than they might otherwise be. Slow at some parts but overall interesting and well written