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Directed by Raymond Depardon

France 2018 87 mins. In French

In France over 90,000 people a year are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. These people must appear before a judge within 12 days—and again every six months if need be—so that doctors’ psychiatric reports are not the sole factors in determining a patient’s freedom or incarceration. Depardon’s remarkable documentary observes the decision-making process in a court in Lyon, capturing a series of often heart-wrenching and sometimes humorous hearings that lay bare the complexities of the human mind. “These people may be deeply disturbed, but they come across as highly empathetic and even quite funny despite the very dark lives they lead.”—Hollywood Reporter. In French with English subtitles.

Filmography: France (2016), Journal de France (2012), Modern Life (2008), Untouched by the West (2002), Muriel Leferie (1999), Africa, How Are You with Pain? (1996), Captive of the Desert (1990), Reporters (1981)

Reviews: Sight & Sound, Screen Daily, The Guardian, Hollywood Reporter

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