12 Days

France – 2017 – 87min – Color – 2.35 – Not Rated – Documentary

In French with English Subtitles


Short synopsis : A new documentary by legendary filmmaker-photographer Raymond Depardon – where justice and psychiatry meet.

Long synopsis : 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.

Directed by

Raymond Depardon



Director Raymond Depardon 

Producers Les Films de la Palmeraie, Claudine Nougaret


“Rarely, if only in Urgences or classics like Frederick Wiseman’s Titticut Follies or John Huston’s Let There Be Light, has a filmmaker been able to document madness in such a direct way ….” – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

“Should be shown on screens large and small wherever quality docs find a home.” – Screen International

This quietly riveting film deserves to be seen by wider audiences.” –The Hollywood Reporter

“QUIETLY POWERFUL!” – RogerEbert.com


2017 – Festival de Cannes – Official Selection


10/14/17 10/16/17 53rd Chicago International Film Festival Chicago
2/23/2018 3/3/2018 Cable Car Cinema Providence, RI
3/14/18 3/21/18 Northwest Film Forum Seattle, WA
3/16/18 3/22/18 ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES New York, NY
3/23/18 THE PARKWAY Baltimore, MD
3/29/18 4/1/18 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, CA
4/13/18 4/13/18 George Eastman Museum Rochester, NY
4/13/18 4/13/18 Wexner Film Center Columbus, OH


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