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The other side of the wall

Author/Director Stéphane Mercurio & Anna Zisman
Producer Iskra
Country France
Length 92'
Year 2007

Next to Rennes men's prison, as next to almost all the prisons in France, there's a Family Support Centre for the prisoners' families. Visitors go there before and after a visit. They come back, every week, sometimes three times a week. They wait. It is a space of its own. Visiting is time consuming. They always arrive early. If they are a few seconds late, the door of the prison will remain closed. So they wait, to be sure to be on time, to be let in.
This film is about life in that place. It is also an echo of what prison is made of. By choosing to remain exclusively “next door”, the film paradoxically offers a direct approach of what the carceral reality is.


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