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TitleFamily Life (1971) (TV Film)
Alternative/Original TitleWednesday's Child
DisabilityMental schizophrenia
CountryUK
Length105
GenreDrama
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DirectorKen Loach
CastSandy Ratcliffe Bill Dean Sophie Baker Edwin Brown
NotesAbout a nineteen year old girl with schizophrenia. When she becomes pregnant her parents forces her to have an abortion and later to have psychiatric care. The film is made starkly realistic and concentrates on the methods of R.D. Laing. The result of this is that she is treated as though her problem is simply conflict with her parents. But then these methods are rejected and she is given electric shock treatment and becomes a 'vegetable'. From play In Two Minds by David Mercer. On the news today, Dec 20, 1999 I heard of a young man with Down's Syndrome whose parents were trying to force him to have a vasectomy. The court declined to support this.

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