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12 Days (12 Jours) (2018)

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Every year in France, 92,000 people are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. By law, the hospital has 12 days to bring each patient before a judge. Based on medical records and a doctor's recommendations, a crucial decision has to be made--will the patient stay or leave? 12 DAYS after which lives can change forever. Granted access to these hearings for the first time, celebrated filmmaker/photographer Raymond Depardon captures these extraordinary encounters between justice and psychiatry. Astonishing, enlightening--a film that gives a voice to those who have previously been voiceless.

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The movie leaps past practical politics into ultimate philosophical realms.

March 19, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] lucid, focused and adamant documentary ...

March 15, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the most revealing films about mental health - and mental health bureaucracies - ever made.

March 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

October 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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 ...

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

12 Days ends with a lingering shot of a tree-lined street enveloped in thick fog. It's an obvious yet effective metaphor ... for the patients' mental conditions.

October 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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