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Female friendship within the confines of a mental health institution
31 January 2019
I recently watched this film for the first time and enjoyed it immensely. Like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, it explores the relationship between mental health experienced at the personal level of the characters, and the system and institutions of a society. The political era of the Vietnam war and the conformity of women in a patriarchal society form a backdrop to the drama and in a similar way to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” the film exposes the challenge of defining and treating insanity in a complex society where personal freedom and cultural norms conflict.