Title

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Joe Cacaci

Major

Film Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Maya is a twenty-year-old college student who lives at home with her mother, Susan, in New York City. Susan is a neurotic, overbearing agoraphobe who does not give Maya any space of her own. Maya suffers from mental illness that, unbeknownst to her, causes her to hallucinate. She is admitted to a mental institution after nearly attempting suicide during a comedown from drugs. During her treatment, Maya finds a way to connect with reality through writing poetry. And with the help of her psychiatrist, she realizes that she must split from this unhealthy relationship with her mother in order to have the space she needs to heal and find her own identity.

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