12 Days (2017)
Critic Reviews for 12 Days
One might say the film is illuminating in its opacity: one comes to it expecting bold insights into mental illness but leaves with a new appreciation of how invisible such illness can be.
Rarely, if only in Urgences or classics like Frederick Wiseman's Titticut Follies or John Huston's Let There Be Light, has a filmmaker been able to document madness in such a direct way ...
As Depardon's proudly humane film makes all too clear, there, but for the grace of God, go we all.
The filmmaker maintains his lucidity regarding his institutional look, but his cinema seems to lose some of its strong internal coherence. [Full review in Spanish]
The result is far from being the director's best film, but its human and sociological interest is more than remarkable. [Full review in Spanish]
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