Continuing on from my list of Female Coming of Age Films, I want to compile a list of interesting female…
The true story of a young woman named Sybil, whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.
I'm still absorbing the genius of Sally Field and how great and well made this movie was... <3
I never really thought much about Sally Field. I knew her most as Mrs. Gump and the mom in Mrs. Doubtfire. Later, I knew she was in the horror movie Home for the Holidays. And sometime I found out that she was in this Sybil movie, but I did not come to it until after watching The Three Faces of Eve. In that film Joanne Woodward is the woman with multiple personalities. It's very neat, very clean, and the reveal for why Eve's personality split seemed really minor. In Sybil... well. It's intense, very intense. Sally Field turns in an amazing performance. And the reason Sybil's personality split had my hand over my mouth, wincing in imagined pain, both physical…
Worth noting that the "true" story on which the book and film were based have been largely discredited in the psychiatric community (some even call the case an outright hoax), and that Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder) is itself hanging by a thread for even being a thing. So really it's all a fancy excuse to let Sally Field run wild. Which she does very well! But then again there's probably enough wretched, weird shit in the world that we don't need to go and make shit up for the sake of awards' bait...
An intriguing and often disturbing look at mental illness and child abuse that was very powerful. The story itself was moving and hard to watch at times. The runtime was very long at over 3 hours but it didn’t really feel that long because it was always interesting. It could have been tightened up in some places but the way things slowly unfolded to reveal the root of the characters illness kept you invested throughout. What really made this movie great though was Sally Field's performances. Watching how committed she was to portraying so many varied characters was mesmerizing and the way she portrayed each personas subtle difference was wonderfully done. She was completely amazing here in what was by far the best performance I have ever seen from her. That alone made this movie worth the watch.
The actress who plays Sybil is one of the most incredible that i've ever seen.
The script was messy somehow, like, what but Sally Field was PHENOMENAL!
This made for TV film is powerful because of the disturbing and sympathetic performance of Sally Field as Sybil. Joanne Woodward is the calming force in this film which is psychologically disturbing at times.
I want to compile a list of films that feature psychotherapists/psychotherapy, preferably films that show therapy sessions, but really any…
In an attempt to balance out the near universal stigma against TV movies, the worthwhile few have been mined from…