Head Against the Wall (La Tete contre les murs)
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Head Against the Wall (La Tete contre les murs)
La Tete Contre Les Muirs (U.S. title: The Keepers) was director Georges Franju's 2nd cinematic offering for 1958, and his first purely fictional film. Franju's prior training in documentaries helps to bring a veneer of reality to this harrowing glimpse within the walls of an insane asylum. Pierre Brasseur plays Marbeau, a traditionalist "head doctor" who takes on the case of young Francois (Jean-Paul Mocky). Though not really insane, Francois has been institutionalized for daring to defy his wealthy father. The story is told from Francois' point of view, as he teeters on… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Harrowing look at a psychiatric hospital and how it fails those who are treatable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An exposé out of Kafka and Foucault"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"commenting on the difficult dynamic between freedom and control within any system... it is an important missing link between the cinéma du papa and the emerging nouvelle vague"
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
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