Sybil (2007)

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Avg Rating: 4.9 / 5. Voted: 14

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Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Starring: Tammy Blanchard (Sybil), Jessica Lange (Dr. Cornelia)
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 01:25:26
Genres: Based on a True Story, Domestic Abuse, Misery, Family

Plot – Spoilers:
Based on a true story, Sybil is an art student prone to blackouts and uncontrolled behavior that eventually gets the attention of the faculty. A psychiatrist Dr Cornelia is convinced to have a few sessions with Sybil, during which she encounters multiple personalities, each with their own identity, personality, age and gender. 16 in all. The doc attempts to prise out the source of Sybil’s personalities and uncovers a history of abuse and a difficult relationship with her mother.

There are some memorable scenes and quotes in Sybil that will probably resonate with anyone who’s struggled with issues of the mind.

4 thoughts on “Sybil (2007)

  • June 29, 2020 at 2:26 pm
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    Great movie, it pleasantly surprised me !!
    It was really facinating, I liked Sybil and the characters dialogues.
    Had to say, sometimes it was a bit boring, but heh :^P Still a great movie to pass time (even if that not something I watch again).
    Still, I recommend !! >:^]

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    • April 20, 2021 at 11:04 pm
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      Of you’re interested I only found out about this film myself tonight after seeing the original on YOUTUBE by mistake last niggt.The original has Sally Field playing Sybil and was made in 1976 ,from the perspective bit having worked in mental health I thought the performance in this was very good indeed .Glad we are starting to really talk at long last about mental health ,here in the UK we lose someone to suicide every 90 minutes..18 valuable lives lost needlessly often due to lack of government funding ( we all have free healthcare here) but criminally underfunded in this area.

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  • April 20, 2021 at 10:58 pm
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    Thank you ,very poignant .What a truly great performance and although somewhat exaggerated because it’s portraying a very different time when society viewed mental health conditions in a barbaric and backward way.
    .HOWEVER compared to the two modern James McAvoy films about the mental health condition D.I.D ( disassociate identity disorder) well let’s just say Sybil is far more empathetic and although a little over the top it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the two James Mc films in terms of authenticity.
    I.used to be a community mental health worker in people’s homes & on reward at times and worked with one lady who had D.I.D .Anyway my parents were abusive and caused me many tears,I don’t have this problem but have anxiety and depression and I find a great counsellor is the best thing to d o.

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