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by Alice Diop


We are in the service of the free medical centre at Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny. Assisted by a psychiatrist, the general practitioner often speaks in English, trying, under no illusion, to repair bodies and minds. How are these beaten, starving, traumatised people to be helped using medicine’s inadequate means? Over time, tensions appear between Dr. Geeraert and his administration, as his medical certificates affect the administrative procedure and access to free care.

international title: On Call
original title: La permanence
country: France
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Alice Diop
film run: 96'
screenplay: Alice Diop
cinematography by: Alice Diop
production: Athénaïse, ARTE France Cinéma
backing: CNC, Procirep, Angoa, Périphérie


main awards/selection

Cinema du Reel Film Festival 2016 
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 
BFI London Film Festival 2016 

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