Directed by Raymond Depardon (France, 2017, 87 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.
Every year, 92,000 people in France are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. By law, the hospital has 12 days to bring each patient before a judge. Weighing medical records and doctors’ recommendations, the judge has to make a crucial decision—will the patient stay or leave? Celebrated documentarian Raymond Depardon, the first filmmaker to be granted access to these hearings, captures these extraordinary encounters between justice and psychiatry in a film that gives a voice to those who have previously been voiceless. The inimitable French composer Alexandre Desplat provides a profoundly moving score.
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