Viennale, 35mm _ One of the greatest documentaries of all time. Amazing work in particular in the camera movements with those long sequence shots, wandering around and giving the viewer the feeling of sickness. The long conversations with the doctors are also quite extraordinary. And then they dance and they prepare for the carnaval. Sometimes so hard to watch that many people actually left during the screening.
a film in which the camera's physical presence is felt throughout, invading but never intruding the flow of cinematic motivation. The "spectator" is aware of the thereness, powerless in escaping this dreamlike realm, and for some of the patients, that of the nightmare.
Un des classiques du film documentaire sur la folie, qui porte sur l'aliénation un regard lucide et pénétrant, avec une intéressante distanciation, proche du travail d'un Wiseman ..... www.cinefiches.com