Après avoir passé des années sans le voir, Blaise Othnin Girard retrouve Michel à l'hôpital, dans une Unité de Psychiatrie Complexe, alors qu'il habitait auparavant dans un appartement thérapeutique. Sa parole se révèle entre douleur et résistance, humour et lucidité, et nous dévoile une histoire d’amour aux corps empêchés. "Michel" est le quatrième film d'une "trilogie" sur l’hospice départemental de Mâcon que le réalisateur filme depuis 1989.
We are shut up with Michel inside a film sketched out with spare simplicity. He is confined to the four walls of his bedroom, and cooped up alongside him we watch time plod along at the pace of a life spent boxed in. Blaise Othnin-Girard began this project of filming the world of psychiatric confinement over 25 years ago, and the archive images that open the film bring out that key notion of being bounded in time. The length of time that, like the duration of the film itself, is needed to create the right distance, and presence.
“It takes 25 years to capture what lies beyond a disability. It takes that long before you can really grasp the beauty within a body which is considered to be deformed, and which might spark off feelings of rejection.” Blaise Othnin-Girard
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