God Plays Sax, the Devil Violin (A. Gulea, 2004)

Dumnezeu la saxofon, dracu la vioara
RO, 43 min

Instinctive energy and the economy of shifts are guiding the mechanics of life in a psychiatric clinic. The director illustrates this life by an example of one Romanian asylum, where patients themselves created rules of life in a close society.

Almost three hundred inhabitants, out of whom some live in rooms with twelve roommates, are friends, become intimate, marry and break up. Coffee and cigarettes are the basic currency units. Lively business and sexual affection are interrupted by the time for medications, food and sleep.

Essayistic focused film, shot naturally in cruelly objective style cinema-verité, is suggestively rendering of the microcosm with very specific rules and moral codex, witness of insufficient care, where absence of therapy and any other activity itself generates new rules of balance between nature and social institutions.


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