This stark and spare look at the world of the mentally disturbed was one of the beacons of the new American independent film movement. Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin star as two adolescents who make contact with each other in a home for disturbed youngsters. Dullea is David Clemens, who is placed in the home by his mother because of his constant fear of being touched. Margolin is Lisa, a 15-year-old schizophrenic who speaks only in rhyme, when she speaks at all. David rejects the help of psychiatrist Alan Swinford (Howard Da Silva) but makes an emotional connection with Lisa. Because of his contact with Lisa, David eventually opens up to Swinford and his mother. But his mother is dissatisfied with his progress and takes him back home. Home life, however, consists of his mother's domineering ways and parental quarrels, so David runs away and returns to the home for disturbed youngsters. But then an argument with Lisa leads to a climactic confrontation. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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just keep in mind - this is the 60's... David is a pain in the ass dont-touch-me-I-mean-it psychotic and Lisa is a rhyming schizophrenic. They find and comfort eachother in this really cool looking I-Wanna-go-there high school/hospital for emotionally disturbed teens. Black & white - very Hitchcocky. Awesome soundtrack... You have to appreciate the off-center to appreciate this film.
Having seen this movie for the first time in the theater, I was rather impressed at how well it held up over time. The portrayals were quite believable (I've worked with the emotionally disturbed). It was refreshing to see people dealing with their problems without the use of drugs.
This early independent film was one of Frank Perry's firsts. Not well received by the public when it first came out, well respected by critics. Does hold up very well with fine performances and austere ambience throughout. Recommended!