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by Raymond Depardon


Every year in France, 92,000 people are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. By law, the hospital has 12 days to bring each patient before a judge. Based on medical records and a doctor's recommendations, a crucial decision has to be made - will the patient stay or leave? 12 days after which lives can change forever. Granted access to these hearings for the first time, celebrated filmmaker/photographer Raymond Depardon captures these extraordinary encounters between justice and psychiatry. Astonishing, enlightening - a film that gives a voice to those who have previously been voiceless.

international title: 12 Days
original title: 12 jours
country: France
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Raymond Depardon
film run: 88'
cinematography by: Raymond Depardon
film editing: Simon Jacquet
music: Alexandre Desplat
producer: Claudine Nougaret
production: Palmeraie et Désert, France 2 Cinéma
backing: OCS
distributor: Wild Bunch Distribution