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The Story of Paul (1975)
"Histoire de Paul" (original title)

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A young man is put in the psychiatric ward of a hospital.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Allio ...
Paul
Michel Amphoux ...
Le costaud
Roland Amstutz ...
Un infirmier
Pierre Banderet ...
Un infirmier (as Pierre Ascaride)
Jean Benguigui ...
L'Italien
Bernard Bloch ...
L'harmonica
Claude Bouchery ...
L'angoisse
Gildas Bourdet ...
L'interne
Isabelle Caillard ...
Brigitte
Florence Camarroque ...
La psychologue
Rémy Carpentier ...
L'infirmier
Philippe Clévenot ...
L'amnésique
Georges Conti ...
Le mystique
Gérard Cruchet ...
Un malade de la salle B.
Jean Dautremay ...
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A young man is put in the psychiatric ward of a hospital.

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15 October 1975 (France)  »

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Pauls Geschichte  »

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A highly original film about laws and mechanism of a madhouse ! ! ! !
14 February 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

French film maker René Féret made his début with this film in 1974.It was his first critical success and applause for it came from famous French philosopher Michel Foucault who compared this film to British master Ken Loach's film "Family Life".This comparison is absolutely valid as like Ken Loach who has been an ardent supporter depicting the cause of English life in his films,René Féret has also championed the cause of Northern France in films.For those who are bothered about story and plot there is not much of hope.The real story of this film,if there is any story,is to be judged by the fact that film's helpless protagonist Paul has been condemned to a madhouse after a failed suicide attempt.Paul's plight is the central focus of the film as in psychiatric ward,he is compelled neither to have any history nor any story.What we see in this film is a sad tale which takes place in a psychiatric hospital whose inmates,doctors live according to their own set of rules.As a scathing attack on the absurdity of system in French mental institutions,L'histoire de Paul won Jean Vigo award in 1974.


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