Head Against the Wall (La Tete contre les murs) (1958)





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La Tete Contre Les Muirs (U.S. title: The Keepers) was director Georges Franju's 2nd cinematic offering for 1958, and his first purely fictional film. Franju's prior training in documentaries helps to bring a veneer of reality to this harrowing glimpse within the walls of an insane asylum. Pierre Brasseur plays Marbeau, a traditionalist "head doctor" who takes on the case of young Francois (Jean-Paul Mocky). Though not really insane, Francois has been institutionalized for daring to defy his wealthy father. The story is told from Francois' point of view, as he teeters on the edge of madness during his involuntary internment. The film is essentially a plea for more sensible treatment of the mentally disturbed and the emotionally distressed, calling for much-needed widespread reforms -- something that, alas, was not readily forthcoming in the late 1950s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama
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Les Films Sirius


Jean Galland
as Gerane
Thomy Bourdelle
as Cornel Donadieu
Jean Ozenne
as Comte de Chambrelle
Edith Scob
as Patient
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Harrowing look at a psychiatric hospital and how it fails those who are treatable.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An exposé out of Kafka and Foucault

Full Review… | August 14, 2011

commenting on the difficult dynamic between freedom and control within any system... it is an important missing link between the cinéma du papa and the emerging nouvelle vague

October 12, 2009
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