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from Toba Kerson's notes: Valentina, called PiPi in the film, has two seizures on screen, falling backwards unconscious, foaming at the mouth, throwing up before one. All of the eegs show that she does not have epilepsy. Ch 1 – Mother tells psychiatrist that beginning when PiPi was three months old, when she had a fever, she would have convulsions. Then she would have them more often without the fever, and often she swears after her attacks. When Dr. (Arturo) asks mother why she has brought PiPi to the hospital, she says she has big fantasies. Dr. says to her mother, “You can say she’s a liar.” Ch. 5 – Arturo asks PiPi if she likes someone. PiPi – Me? Arturo - Why Not? PiPi – Because I can’t Arturo – Why Not? PiPi – Don’t you know what epilepsy is? Ch. 6 – Arturo asks friend – what can this be from? Friend – you just give me the circumstances in which she has the crisis, then I can give you the diagnosis? Notes many reasons – alcohol, self-induced. He says that also exists in pediatric epilepsy if she has psychiatric complications. Arturo sees no signs of epilepsy in the 11 hour eeg. Mother: Have you ever seen her when she has a crisis. I’m afraid when I see her and if she does it on purpose it means she’s crazy and I don’t want to believe that she’s crazy. Arturo – But I’m not saying she does it on purpose. I’m not saying she is faking because she couldn’t have started it at 3 months. I’m saying that simple fever convulsions could have constructed her way of being in the world and even if the convulsions could have disappeared, she maintained them. She doesn’t know but they come back any time she doesn’t have any other way to solve a problem. . . . I called you to tell you that this is dangerous and it is the step before psychosis. We call them borderline patients. Ch. 16 – Has another seizure when she has gone outside to feed the dog and sees her parents (who fight all of the time and supposedly only stay together for her) getting ready to have sex. Mother comes in and brings him a pill that she finds in the trash. Arturo tells her enough with the drugs because we can definitely exclude neurological epilepsy. I just hope we can heal her from all the other things. The final scene is one in which Arturo has taken his bunch of child patients to his parents’ home in the country. He takes PiPi out to see the pumpkin patch. He has given her a book of Charley Brown’s story about the great pumpkin and told her of his childhood dreams. His voice over says that she has has no manifestations epileptiforme for 22 months since her parents split up, her mother has custody of her, and she is in weekly therapy with him.
Ob es sich bei Valentina um epileptische oder dissoziative (pseudo-epileptische) Anfälle handelt, bleibt im Film unklar. Die von Arturo mit sehr persönlichem Einsatz geführte Therapie beruht allerdings darauf, dass die Anfälle aufhören werden, wenn Valentina die verlogenen Familienbeziehungen bewältig hat. Kernpunkt dieser ""Therapie"" ist die Wahrheitsfindung, ein Traum und Ideal, das sich in der ""Parabel"" von der Ankunft des grossen Kürbis Materialisiert. Diese Parabel wiederum entleiht der Film den Comic-Zeichnungen von Schultz, der mit seinem ""Charlie Brwon"" in Italien besonders populär war.
Die Filmerzählung ist stark gezeichnet von der Begeisterung jener Jahre für die Antipsychiatrie Basaglia's. Er redet unmissverständlich der Abschaffung der ""Irrenanstalten"" das Wort.