ELLE S’APPELLE SABINE
HER NAME IS SABINE

DIRECTOR
Sandrine Bonnaire

WRITERS
Sandrine Bonnaire & Catherine Cabrol

Running time: 85’
Production: France, 2008
Rating: Not rated
Gauge: DVD (color)

GENRE
Documentary

DISTRIBUTOR
Film Movement




“The rage of the director can be felt in each frame and clearly shapes the pamphlet-like narrative, though the film is still a compelling examination of autism and the way the outside world tries -- and, more often, fails -- to deal with it.”
Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net

An intelligent, moving and beautiful portrait of Sabine, a 38-year-old autistic woman, filmed by her closest sister, French actress Sandrine Bonnaire. The film tells her story through personal footage filmed by the actress over a period of 25 years, and her life today. A terrible gap exists between her as a teenager, an endearing and artistic young woman, and her today. What happened? After the departure of her brother and sisters, Sabine felt isolated and she became extremely panicky and violent. Her mother, who was taking care of her, was not able to cope with Sabine's outbursts and sent her to a psychiatric hospital. A tragic five-year stay there crushed her intellectual growth and many talents. Today, because of her sister's fame, Sabine has the privilege of living in better conditions, even if her mental capacities remain altered. She lives in a home in the Charente region with other young people who have similar mental and emotional illnesses. This very intimate film exposes an inadequate care structure, the penury of specialized institutions and the dramatic consequences they can lead to. It sends an urgent message to a society that still does not know how to properly take care of its citizens with physical and psychological disabilities.

 
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