The Psyche Goes to the Movies series exploring the depiction of mental health and madness in film will continue Sunday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., with “Nobody’s Child.”

This made-for-TV film stars Marlo Thomas in a superb dramatization of the real-life story of Marie Balter. At age 16, she first attempted suicide and spent the next 20 years in and out of the institutions. At last, a caring doctor started treating her for extreme depression and panic disorder. Balter rose from chronically institutionalized mental patient to become a noteworthy champion of the mentally ill and founder of the Balter Institute in Ipswich, Mass., a well regarded psychiatric rehabilitation center north of Boston near Danvers, site of the Danvers State Hospital where she was hospitalized for many years.

Thomas gives a stupendous performance as the woman who was written off for years as an incurable schizophrenic, a serious misdiagnosis as it turned out and an all-too-typical fate for many persons warehoused in state institutions of the era without the benefit of proper diagnostic or therapeutic interventions.

The Sunday afternoon series will continue in March with “Angel at My Table” on March 14 and “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” on March 28. The series and discussions are hosted by Cheryl Fuller, a Jungian psychotherapist who lives in Belfast. Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 338-3884.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to