(aka 'Every Little Thing')
In the summer of 1995, French documentarist Nicolas Philibert shot the rehearsals for an outdoor performance of Witold Gombrowicz's Operetta at a psychiatric clinic in La Bord; the film that resulted was released the following year. As in Philibert's other documentaries, his uncoercive respect for the participants registers almost immediately; he wants us to get to know these performers as people rather than as patients, even though the mood is periodically one of amiable chaos. A couple of the most interesting moments arise when patients address the filmmaker directly; the second time this happens, he's identified as a representative of "society"--meaning us.
The protagonists in this
film are the patients and staff at the La Borde psychiatric institute in
France. Each summer they perform a play on a stage set in the beautiful
grounds of the chateau. The film charts the passage of this magical event
and allows the viewer a glimpse at life in one of the world’s most highly
regarded psychiatric institutions.
Theatrical Release: March 5th, 1997
DVD Review: Second Run DVD - Region 2 - PAL
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by critic Geoff Andrew (12:00)
Second Run have brought us another fabulous film experience on digital. As with their Land of the Deaf (also by Philibert) the image looks very much akin to the manner in which it was shot. The occasional haziness and imperfect framing are a function of the production process. The DVD looks to have an un-manipulated image, bright colors, correct aspect ratio (the elusive 1.66), progressive and it is anamorphic. The removable subtitles are excellent as are the extras; an introduction to the film by critic Geoff Andrew and a liner notes interview with Philibert. The documentary is as impacting as Philibert's others and it really deserves a large audience. We recommend!