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12 Days
Directed by Raymond Depardon
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film still12 DAYS is included in the same DVD box set with JOURNAL DE FRANCE and FRANCE (LES HABITANTS).

Every year in France, 92,000 people are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. 12 DAYS focuses on those who have been involuntarily remanded to a mental hospital, and more specifically documents the hearings that, according to a 2013 law, are required to take place 12 days after each patient has been committed.

At these hearings, the patients are given an opportunity to argue for their freedom before a judge who ultimately decides whether they will go free or return for further treatment. Granted access to these hearings for the first time, celebrated filmmaker and photographer, Raymond Depardon, captures these extraordinary encounters between justice and psychiatry, giving a voice to those who have previously been voiceless.

Encompassing questions of mental health, power, class, agency, and the dynamics of societal institutions, 12 DAYS is consummately controlled yet suffused with empathy and compassion.

"If you are unfamiliar with the work of French photographer, photojournalist, and filmmaker Raymond Depardon, this three-disk boxed set from Icarus Films provides a basis for understanding who he is and what subject matters occupies his field of vision." —Documentary Magazine

"Rarely has a filmmaker been able to document madness in such a direct way." The Hollywood Reporter

"Remarkable! Quietly devastating."The Guardian

"Quietly powerful."

"A proudly humane film."Sight & Sound

"12 Days shows powerfully the labor of dispassion, how the male and female judges, some younger and some older, struggle to articulate the wretchedness of the lives before them" —4Columns

"Highly recommended! Offers a poignant portrayal of psychologically damaged people and one society's efforts to provide humane treatment." —Video Librarian

Cannes Film Festival 2017
Rendez-vous with French Cinema, Film Society of Lincoln Center 2018
Western Psychological Association (WPA) Film Festival 2018
Chicago International Film Festival 2017

87 minutes / Color
French / English subtitles
Release: 2018
Copyright: 2017

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Subject areas:
France, Distrib Films, Ethics, Health, Human Rights, Justice, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Sociology, France (& French culture), Box Sets, Distrib Sale

Watch the trailer:

The Films of Raymond Depardon

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