Today on Netflix: the Heartbreaking Movie Based on a True Story That Won Angelina Jolie an Oscar

Starring Winona Ryder, the drama had James Mangold as the director.

Angelina Jolie went up to collect the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2000. The role that got her the award was Lisa Rowe, the rebellious patient in the psychiatric hospital Claymoore from the heartbreaking movie “Girl, Interrupted.” Directed by James Mangold, the film features Winona Ryder in the lead role.

“Girl, Interrupted,” available on Netflix, is based on the memoirs of the same name by Susanna Kaysen. In the book, Kaysen talks about her time in a mental institution in the 60s after trying to take her own life.

In the movie, the author is played by Ryder, and her character builds relationships with different patients in the hospital. One of them is Lisa, played by Jolie.

Mangold’s movie, the same guy who directed the epic Marvel film “Logan” about Wolverine, has a cast that includes Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Elisabeth Moss, Jared Leto, Whoopi Goldberg, and Vanessa Redgrave.


Jolie won the Oscar and got praised for her performance, but the movie as a whole didn’t get the same love from critics. They said it had a predictable plot that didn’t capture the power of its source material.

Besides not-so-great reviews, “Girl, Interrupted” didn’t do well at the box office. It cost $40 million to make and only made a bit over $48 million worldwide. It only went over its budget by $8 million, but a movie needs to make double its budget to be considered profitable.

The author of the book wasn’t a fan of the movie either. She criticized Mangold for making a film that was too dramatic and for adding stories that weren’t in her book.

When it was first released, the issues the movie talked about weren’t really taken seriously or valued. The movie focuses on women’s mental health and sometimes touches on their sexuality. Watching the movie now, when these topics are understood and seen differently, changes the experience. You can check it out on Netflix and see for yourself.

Written by Sarah Moore

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