Gerard BarrettIreland / Canada89 minutes2015ColourB&WEnglish
A New York Post journalist (Chloë Grace Moretz) suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder is repeatedly misdiagnosed following a series of violent outbursts and severe amnesia, in Gerard Barrett's adapation of Susannah Cahalan's bestselling memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.
One morning, 24-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up in a hospital bed. She couldn't speak. She couldn't move. And she had no idea how she got there.
Based on Cahalan's bestselling memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, director Gerard Barrett's adaptation captures the horrifying experience of one woman's unexplained descent into madness and the medical miracle it took to pull her back from the brink. Fresh out of journalism school and ready to embark on adult life, Susannah (Chloë Grace Moretz) already seemed to have it all: her dream job at the New York Post, supportive co-workers (Tyler Perry and Jenny Slate), a devoted boyfriend (Thomas Mann), and a loving family (Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss).
Then, almost overnight, this ingénue went from one of the Post's most reliable reporters to an unstable, paranoid shell of her former self. Plagued by auditory hallucinations and memory loss, doctors dismissed her condition with a diagnosis of partying too hard and stress. But as her condition worsened, the stakes grew higher, and the race to find an answer became a matter of life and death.
Produced by Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Brain on Fire is a gripping medical mystery that probes into the complexities of identity, family, and fortitude in the face of adversity.