Documentary • Release date in Belgium – July 2000
On 18th February 1976, LA DEVINIÈRE – a psychotherapeutic centre – opened his doors to nineteen children judged incurable, who had been refused by all other avenues. Ordinary people, psychiatrists and education specialists could not deal with them or give them any recognition. It was as if these children had been exiled. LA DEVINIÈRE admitted them on a long-term basis, the founding principle being that they should not be sent away under any pretext whatsoever. Thus, the word ‘asylum’ took on its original meaning – a place with no bar, no chemical treatment. A place where one has the right to ‘live with one’s madness’. Over the past twenty years or more, a strong sense of solidarity has developed between individuals who, a priori, had no ties with one another. As the seasons changed, I filmed a place that has rekindled the flame of life in a situation where everything once seemed hopeless.