After a suicide attempt, Susanna (Winona Ryder) is persuaded to check into a private east-coast hospital that’s modeled on an institution where Susanna Kaysen, whose memoir is the basis of this moving drama, once stayed. Here she meets several young neurotic and psychotic women, a tough-loving nurse, and an eccentric doctor, all of whom challenge her definition of sanity, while the late 60s unfold outside the institution walls. Director James Mangold (Cop Land, Heavy) wrote the screenplay with Lisa Loomer and Anna Hamilton Phelan; with Angelina Jolie and Whoopi Goldberg.