Argument Goes on Too Long in Blue/Orange

Set in a London psychiatric hospital, Blue/Orange is basically a 2½ hour debate between two psychiatrists over the diagnosis and fate of a patient who might be schizophrenic, might be the son of a ruthless African dictator, or, simply, might be having a hard time. The young doctor (Dan Clegg) is eager to diagnose and label the patient (neurotic? psychotic? borderline personality disorder?), while his elder supervisor (Julian Lopez-Morillas) wonders whether perhaps the patient is just a bit paranoid and depressed, as that is the natural state of humanity. This is only the beginning of a mildly engaging, multilayered debate that twists and turns through career ambition, ethnocentric bias, policy, and perhaps a lazy doctor just wanting to diagnose with the path of least resistance.

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