Labyrinth (1959)

Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Italy, West Germany  |  
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Labyrinth by director Rolf Thiele is aptly titled, since viewers may find the story itself labyrinthian, in that it is hard to figure out where it is going. The setting is a mental institution in Switzerland with a caseload of inmates battling alcoholism with varying degrees of success or failure. The one component that all the patients share is economic and social status, since the clinic does not come free. One of the inmates is an American writer hooked on the bottle and plagued by severe depression. Her case is central to the story. She fights a losing battle against her illness until one tragic event at the institution shakes her out of her depression and sets her on the road back to health.

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alcoholism, depression, mental-illness, socialite, suicide