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

to supplement the treatment.

On this form you should

prescribe the therapy based

on the needs of your patients.

On the back,

write your objectives

and I'll take it from there.

I'm sure that many will benefit.

Some sewing

won't hurt anyone.

Occupational therapy.


I used the wrong term.

- I'm thinking about...

- I have to go, Doctor.

I have a lot of patients to treat.

Explain to me later.

Let's go.

Don't take this.

Put it down.

Let's go.

Welcome. Come in.

Come on in.

Don't touch anything.

Hands off.

You can't play with that.

Come here.

Lima, stand up.

Let's sit on the ground.

I want to sit in a circle,

so everyone can see each other.

I want to tell you my name.

It's Nise.

We need to organize.

I need to learn about you

so that we can...

Get started.

Let's sit down.

I won't say it again. Sit.

Lima, quiet.

Leave them alone, Lima.

Leave them alone.

Ivone, let them

make themselves comfortable.

Nobody needs to sit down.

Let them do whatever they want to.

Seeds are to be planted.

You can come in.

What is your name?

I'm Carlinhos, Carlinhos.

- Sertanejo.

- Sertanejo can come in too.

Sit down, nutcase.

Sit down.

I'm not crazy,

the craziness got in me.

Help me, sit down.


Listen, observe...

Shut up.

What they say here is precious.

This is the base of our work.

Listen, observe

and shut up.


Do you want to plant

these seeds outside?

Seeds to be planted.

Seeds are life that make life,

that makes seeds,

that make life.

Seeds are to be planted.

- Good morning, Eugnia

- Good morning, Doctor.

Eugnia, does this woman

always sleep like this?

I don't know, but she hasn't

got out of bed for two days.

Clean this patient.


Why didn't you go


Sorry, are you feeling all right?

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