Brain on Fire is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Gerard Barrett.

Official trailers

Netflix on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 released the trailer:
Brain On Fire | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Story intro

21-year-old Susannah Cahalan (Moretz) is a New York Post writer, who works with her boss Richard (Perry) and desk neighbor/co-worker Margo (Slate). She meets a sound producer named Stephen (Mann) and they became a couple. Susannah begins to experience strange things (such as being in a trance state, seeing people - who are not actually present - who talk about her, and hypersensitivity to annoying noises and tactile sensations). Susannah's behavior becomes unusually erratic. After several days of mishaps made by her in the office due to her altered behavior, including talking to Stephen while under her desk, as well as insulting a Senator, his public relations person and firm, Susannah suffers a seizure and seeks treatment. After consulting with a clinic, her father Tom (Armitage) confronts Stephen about not calling her parents regarding the incident. Tom suggests that she stay with her parents, which Susannah refuses to do, but in the end she leaves to stay with her mother and stepfather. At her mother's house, Susannah has another seizure. She is taken to a clinic where Susannah undergoes an MRI. The doctor advises her mother, Rhona (Moss), that Susannah has been partying too much, working too hard and not getting enough sleep. While at one of her doctor's appointments, Susannah expresses she has bipolar disorder, since she is creative and "creative people are bipolar". Another doctor prescribes an anti-psychotic medication which, after reading of their side effects and believing them as causing her symptoms, she refuses. Rhona gets her to take the pills anyway, and asks her father to watch her because she is too difficult to handle. During dinner with her father, she becomes violent, yelling at her father to stay away. Her parents demand that she is hospitalized despite MRI, EEG and physical tests all showing normal results.


Chloë Grace Moretz
Susannah Cahalan, a 21-year-old woman
Jenny Slate
Margo, a friend and co-worker
Thomas Mann
Stephen, Cahalan's boyfriend
Tyler Perry
Richard, Cahalan's boss at the New York Post
Carrie-Anne Moss
Rhona Nack, Cahalan's mother
Richard Armitage
Tom Cahalan, Cahalan's father
Navid Negahban
Dr. Souhel Najjar
Alex Zahara
Jenn MacLean-Angus


Principal photography began on July 13, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The film Brain on Fire was scheduled to be released by Netflix and Broad Green Pictures on September 14, 2016 (TIFF) and on June 22, 2018 (United States).

The duration of the film is 95 minutes.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


Brain on Fire got low rating from critics. But the audience likes the film.

External links

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Wikipedia: Brain on Fire (film)