Unter Verschluss (1980)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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The doctors and patients in a psychiatric clinic are the subject of this hard-hitting docudrama by director Wilma Kottusch. As Dr. Angela Aschmann (Lisa Kreuzer) is introduced to her new job in the clinic, she slowly learns more about the condition of the patients, how they are treated, and what problems may plague some doctors who have already burnt out a long, long time ago. From helpless patients to overworked personnel, from nurses to a macabre undertaker, the people mixed together at the clinic are carefully delineated. The camera crew and actors actually went to a real psychiatric hospital, not just to film background scenes, but to have the actors engage the patients and staff, improvising dialogue along the way.