Skip to main content

OFF LIMITS

France, 1991 (MIFF 1992, Documentaries)

Director: Isabelle Benkemoun, Francis Allegret

In the fight between the torturer and the tor­tured, the stake is never simple. It is not only that of revealing a secret, it is the loss of self-possession. Because torture aims to get hold of the secrets of speech, thought and body, every­thing becomes transparent. In this process, the tortured are marked forever, having lost a part of themselves.

This film begins the dialogue of three sur­vivors of torture. For Karinkan, talking about it is a way of re-enacting his story. Fanny nursed wounded activists in Chile; telling the story is painful "because there are things that belong to me." Said was 13 years old when he was arrested in Algeria. He agrees to "live again" his story, searching for a meaning in his life. ♦ Gregory Miller

See also...

LAND OF MADNESS

A playful investigation (with a twist) into madness and murder in an isolated region in the south of France. ... A native of the Southern Alps, New Wave filmmaker Luc Moullet noted that cases of ... More »

9 SQUARE METRES FOR TWO

“There are lots of theories about how to reduce crime but showing 9 Square Meters for Two to youngsters might be a good place to start.” - Variety ... The result of a remarkable experiment, 9 ... More »

NOBLE ART

Noble Art could be a contender to step into the ring with the Muhammad Ali doco When We Were Kings as one of the few boxing documentaries to be of interest to those who usually find the sport a ... More »

THE GLEANERS AND I

An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life, as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnès Varda. The aesthetic, political and finally, moral ... More »

henri langlois: the phantom of the cinematheque

[Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque] is an absorbing and rewarding tribute to a colossus of French film. One of the co-founders of Cinematheque Francaise, Langlois almost single-handedly ... More »

THINK GLOBAL, ACT RURAL

"Films full of warnings and disasters have been made and have served their purpose, but now it is time to show that solutions do exist." - filmmaker Coline Serreau ... Focusing her lens on the ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director