Nise: The Heart of Madness

Synopsis: A miracle happened in Brazil on the 1950's. Renowned modern art museums opened their doors to artists nobody ever heard of. Many critics pointed out that theses exhibitions revealed painters that should be ranked amongst the best brazillian artists of the century. It was written that this explosion of art and beauty was a sign that something comparable to the renaissance was happening in Riio de Janeiro. Behind this miracle there was no art academy, patron or dealer, only a psychiatrist, ridiculed by her colleagues, and a painting studio at a mental hospital, in the outskirts of town. The artists were schizophrenic, poor, hospitalized for several decades, abandoned by their families and hopeless according to their doctors. This film tells the story of this "Miracle" and the life of this rebellious, frail and engaging psychiatrist: Dra. Nise da Silveira.
Director(s): Roberto Berliner
  4 wins & 6 nominations.
106 min

Do you?

It will compromise your career.

I don't care about my career, Mario.

Especially as, this is the only way for

me to stay at the hospital.

Nobody cares about that sector,

that's why it's run by orderlies.

Mario, if I cared about

what other people think,

I wouldn't do anything.

I know what's better for me.

I want to work.

The other day Lord Byron

peed on my suit.

You shouldn't say that.

It's not true.

Our cats are very well-behaved, Mario.


Let's start the fun.

Place your bets in my hand.

Get ready.


Good morning.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

I don't know if

anyone told you,

I'm Dr. Nise da Silveira,

and as of today

I'm in charge of this sector.

Pull up a chair, please.

- Sit down.

- I'm fine standing.

And you are?


- And you?

- Lima.

I want to start by understanding

what you do here.

- We put the patients...

- We put the nutcases to work.

Fixing stuff, cleaning

the toilets, sweeping.

After years away, I'm shocked

by the state of the hospital,

but I count on you to make

this place at least pleasant.

All right?

Lima, you can start

by taking out the trash.

Ivone, are there

any cleaning products?

Doctor, I'm not paid

to clean this place, ok.

Well then, Ivone,

it's just the two of us.

A bucket, a broom.

People decide what trash is.

People decide.

What are you looking for

in the trash?

What's your name?

People decide what trash is.

Seeds aren't trash.

Seeds are to be planted.

Seeds are to be planted.

People decide what trash is.

Trash is trash.

Good morning.

Excuse me, gentlemen.

I need your attention.

I'm taking control of the OTS

and would like to know

how I can collaborate

with you.

What kind of collaboration?

I'm thinking about introducing

new activities

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