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Girl, Interrupted (Columbia, 1999)

Girl, Interrupted was a 1999 American psychological drama based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir about her stay at a mental institution. It starred Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. Susanna (Ryder) suffers a nervous breakdown and overdoses at age 18 and is checked into Claymoore, a psychiatric hospital. She is drawn most to Lisa, a rebellious, charismatic, manipulative sociopath who has escaped the facility several times. She encourages Susanna to stop taking her medication and resist therapy.

The film may have received mixed reviews but Jolie’s performance was critically acclaimed, winning her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Girl, Interrupted started with a limited release on December 21, 1999 and received a wide release on January 14, 2000.

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