Short Wiseman is tantalising, these episodic sketches providing the briefest profiles of the multitude of work done within the hospital. Somehow it avoids feeling broad, the snapshots covering the various ways we might conceive of 'illness' and 'treatment' as means to implicate society in the greater framework or care. You begin to understand Wiseman's web, as his subject suggests 100 potential new films.
The bad mescaline trip encapsulates Wiseman's lifelong penchant for human drama and humor in a single unforgettable episode – but it's a moment shortly afterward between (presumably) a husband and wife after he's escaped an intense scare ala neck wound, and she's by his side while he's still on the gurney, and his hand finds hers in the tenderest of moments that really makes this film magical.
This film has moments of horror, beauty and even some of humor. Overall this was a magical experience, perhaps even more powerful than Titicut Follies (the only other Wiseman I've seen). There are scenes in this film that I will never forget. Faces and moments of human interaction that are going to be forever imprinted on my brain. Wiseman's camera feels unrelenting and honest. The last shot is gold. Just beautiful.