Lift-Off Online 2020
Who can you trust when you’re the most famous woman in the world? The year is 1961. The woman is Marilyn Monroe. The words are her own.
Documenting four days in 1961 in which Marilyn Monroe was unknowingly admitted to the psychiatric ward of a New York clinic by her own female psychiatrist, only managing to escape thanks to threats made by ex-husband Joe DiMaggio. Shortly thereafter while recovering in New York Hospital, Monroe wrote a letter. With 100% of the films screenplay taken directly from it, ‘Misfit M.’ sheds light on a chapter of Monroe’s life from a completely untampered point-of-view.
The film lives in a trance; a mirror of Monroe’s health at the time. At moments scattered, nostalgic and bitter, Marilyn’s words portray a woman who was incredibly misunderstood, lonely and abused but also incredibly smart, insightful, thoughtful and at times playful.
In addition to the never-ending intrigue of Miss Monroe, ‘Misfit M.’ is also a window into the abuse and mistreatment of both mental health and of power in a corrupt system.
Thanks to the cooperation of Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles and the blessing of the current owner of Marilyn’s letter, this story has now been taken off the page.
Documentary, Experimental, Short – Drama, Thriller