12 Days | Chicago Reader

You searched for:

Search for…

Narrow Search

  • Author

  • Rating

  • Show only

 

New
87 minutes · 2017

Documentary
In France, any person involuntarily committed to a mental hospital is entitled to a judicial hearing within 12 days. Raymond Depardon, best known in the U.S. for his documentary The 10th District Court: Judicial Hearings, shot dozens of these sessions by special arrangement with the court, and his film singles out ten of these lost souls as they try to explain themselves to a "liberty and custody" judge. One subject spontaneously punched a stranger on the street, another compulsively interrupts the judge, and yet another claims that he hears "the voice of the electric chair." More often, however, the patients seem lucid and self-knowing; one even agrees to her treatment, admitting, "I'm an open wound." One might say the film is illuminating in its opacity: one comes to it expecting bold insights into mental illness but leaves with a new appreciation of how invisible such illness can be. In French with subtitles.

Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for 12 Days

Reviews/comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review


Roll over stars and click to rate.