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Behind the Wall (2008) Review

“Behind the Wall” is a gripping and heart-wrenching documentary that shines a light on the struggles of children living in poverty in the United States. The film follows the lives of several kids living in the South Bronx, one of the poorest areas in the country.

The kids in the film are incredibly resilient and have an amazing capacity for hope and joy, despite the challenges they face on a daily basis. They are also incredibly brave, as they open up about their lives and share their stories with the world.

This film is a must-see for anyone who cares about social justice and wants to better understand the realities of child poverty in America. It is an eye-opening and powerful film that will stay with you long after you watch it.


In the film “Behind the Wall”, a young woman named Sarah (played by Mischa Barton) is sent to a psychiatric hospital after she is found wandering the streets in a dazed and confused state. Once at the hospital, Sarah is diagnosed with schizophrenia and is put on a course of medication. However, Sarah is adamant that she is not mentally ill and that the hospital is just a place for people to get away from their problems.

As Sarah settles into her new life at the hospital, she meets a group of patients who have all been diagnosed with various mental disorders. Together, they form a bond and support each other as they attempt to make sense of their lives.

Throughout the film, Sarah slowly begins to piece together her memories of the events that led to her breakdown. It is revealed that Sarah was a highly successful student who was on her way to college when she began to experience strange hallucinations. These hallucinations became so severe that Sarah eventually dropped out of school and became a recluse.

Sarah’s hallucinations continued to worsen and she began to believe that she was being followed by shadowy figures. In a desperate attempt to escape these figures, Sarah took a massive overdose of medication. This led to her breakdown and eventual hospitalization.

Although Sarah is initially resistant to treatment, she eventually comes to accept that she needs help to deal with her illness. With the support of her friends, Sarah begins to take steps towards recovery and eventually leaves the hospital.

Movie Details

Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Writer: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Release Year: 2008