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5.0 out of 5 stars Being committed, 1 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: La Tete Contre Les Murs [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1959] (DVD)
Being committed to a psychiatric ward is also called "colocation" . The film shows us how a son's behaviour doesn't suit his father, with the help of the family doctor he has his son colocated. One could think that this only could happen a while ago, here for the movie one talks about "post war" psychiatry, while in reality it still was done in 1970! And then too, it was not hard to have someone committed who was standing in your way! Fathers indeed "loved" his son or daughter so much that they found there was need for "a cure" to break the will and change the caracter of their child. It mostly happened around the ages of 17 or 18 when puberty had its effect on behaviour, way of thinking and of course rebellion against authority. It is only quite recent that psychiatry has taken another point of view and colocation nowadays only happens under the authority of the law, for instance when crime is committed or when the person is a danger to him or herself, for instance by failure of suicide! The story we see in the movie really happened to the author of the book of the same title. LA TETE CONTRE LES MURS is the following story of LE NOEUD THE VIPERES and tells us mostly about the relationship with his mother. I personaly have known 2 people who had the misadventure of collocation thanks to their father. One was a boy of 19 and the other a woman who had spend 20 years in collocation and only got out at the age of 41 after her father died!! The misery of it, the nightmare that goes on and on is well elaborated in this film and one cannot do else than to feel anger towards the parent and the shrink and deep compassion towards the "victim" Indeed, in that predicament one runs with the head against a concrete wall and cannot break it down, whatever one tries!
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