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What I like about this docudrama produced by Ken Loach is the ...
on 5 June 2016
What I like about this docudrama produced by Ken Loach is the harsh reality of the effect of over strict parents on a child with mental health issues. Both parents were to blame but the girl's mother is the worst culprit forcing her daughter to have an abortion because she is afraid of what the neighbours might say. Also not letting her in the house when she arrives late. The harsh treatment exacerbates Janice's condition to the extent she is admitted to a mental institution. When a ward dealing with cognitive and talk therapy is closed down for administrative reasons including the fact it wasn't succesful with all patients Janice is subjected to harsher treatments including electroconvulsive therapy. The only person who knew that Janice's condition was caused by her parents was deployed when his ward was closed down. The situation was a difficult one but both parents should have sat down and talked through the options including adoption with Janice and allow her to make up her own choice. Admittedly adoption is not an easy option as this can also cause psychological harm but is the lesser of the two evils. Clearly she would not have made a good mother but she was trying to live an independent life the best she could with her boyfriend. Her snobbish over strict mother didn't approve of that.