This is way too long. After half an hour you get the idea that the patients of this mental hospital are rotting their lives away doing nothing. It's an important message, but the filmmaker could've done with much shorter shots to keep the film more compact instead of the 4 hours it is taking now. Only at the end the film gets a direction as we see patients talking with their loved ones about their lives. Too late...
The sheer filthiness of the "hospital" and the lack of empathy from the doctors towards the patients is heartbreaking. Uncompromising, the way that the camera is a silent observer of the human condition in most awful of places gives me the chills. This is what documentarists are for.
Asked by Charlie Rose on the influence of Philladelphia in his imaginery, David Lynch said it was "the wide range of human behavior" he observed there. Here is a huge range of such behavior sistematically obscured by modern society estructure. As sophisticated and fancy as it can be, this is exactly the way such society proceeds with the individuals. Just like that. Denial as the source of illness.
Being almost 4 hours long I thought the length of it would be unnecessary and due to lack of editing, but the little time spent with these characters offers a small but essential glimpse into their lives. The filmmaker appears to be invisible, giving us a bare-bone account of everyday life in a mental asylum. Traumatising, heart-warming and expertly filmed.
Filmowi brakuje przede wszystkim przedstawienia historii nagrywanych pacjentów, całość lekko przydługa. Dokument pokazuje jednak brak zaradności państwa w stosunku do osób niestabilnych psychicznie, smutny obraz błąkających się ludzi, którym poza salą telewizyjną nie jest serwowana żadna alternatywa spędzania "wolnego" czasu.Porzucani sami sobie tylko pielęgnują swój stan chorobowy.
Screenshot and synopsis above don't accurately portray the horror of this shocking cinema verite documentary about a Chinese mental hospital. It isn't any kind of hospital at all, and those unlucky to land in it are likely to go insane if they weren't before. Dissidents and the homeless are tossed in alongside lunatics and violent criminals into this unbelievable filthy, crowded shithole of neglect and despair.
They being locked through irrationality constructs the idea that loneliness is felt collectively. As a western writing on the film essentially, I metaphorically homogenize each of them, with their enviroremnt strangely so; as one breathing body. Not as chinese but those they are in that isolated totality with its odors, walls, jailed windows, beds of iron... One disowned street being scratching its itchy skin.