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Every Little Thing (1997)

La moindre des choses (original title)
Documentary. The tranquil woods of the Loire Valley embrace the La Borde psychiatric clinic, an asylum in the truest sense of the word, where patients find sanctuary and repose. Patients ... See full summary »

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Documentary. The tranquil woods of the Loire Valley embrace the La Borde psychiatric clinic, an asylum in the truest sense of the word, where patients find sanctuary and repose. Patients and staff work together in rehearsals and preparations for their annual summer play. This year, they perform the modernist, absurdist classic, "Operette," by Witold Gombrowicz, whose dialogue is more nonsensical than that of the patients themselves. Written by International Film Circuit <ifcplanet@aol.com>

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The trans-formative powers of LIVE theater ...
14 February 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

On paper, taking a group of mentally disabled people out to the country and rehearsing them for a few weeks to perform an operetta might seem like a noble purpose with the unspoken proviso that nothing could possibly come of it.

That's where you're wrong. Documentarian Nicolas Philibert ("To Be and To Have") uses his camera to document and interact with the subjects. He becomes 'one of them' and as such is privy to many private moments that communicate volumes.

Philibert is known for shooting widescreen 35mm doc's and in this film the country scenery and summer sunshine are perfectly captured. The outdoor performance of Witold Gombrowicz' "Operette" captures the color of the costumes and texture of the make-up as well as the trans-formative powers of LIVE theater itself.

The patience and encouragement of the production staff is shown off to great effect as dysfunctional candidates are taken through a variety of settings from acting and music rehearsals to the creation of sound effects for the 'thunderstorm' scene.

MUST-SEE viewing for anyone even remotely connected to a mentally ill person or hospital profession. Watching some go from semi-autistic to dancing a waltz on-stage is nothing short of miraculous.

Check this one out (ON the big screen if possible)!!!


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