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43 Ratings

12 Days

12 Jours

Directed by Raymond Depardon
France, 2017


Before 12 days, people who are hospitalized in psychiatry without their consent are presented in audience, on the one hand a judge, on the other a patient, between them is born a dialogue on the Meaning of the words freedom and life.

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12 Days Directed by Raymond Depardon
Comedy, tragedy, and the full spectrum in between are filtered through a uniquely French conversation style that’s bluntly plain-spoken and free of bureaucratic posturing, balancing empathy and time management in remarkable measure.
December 03, 2018
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Confronting 12 Days we on the outside are forced to balance compassion with prudence. Should a calm, polite man who believes he beatified his father by killing him be allowed free access to our world? . . . We’re left to reflect that to become wholly human, we must confront madness in our midst.
April 19, 2018
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It’s easy to criticize the notion of “dispassion” and to see it as a euphemism for institutional indifference. 12 Days shows powerfully the labor of dispassion, how the male and female judges, some younger and some older, struggle to articulate the wretchedness of the lives before them.
March 19, 2018
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