Head Against the Wall (La Tete contre les murs) (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

Head Against the Wall (La Tete contre les murs) (1958)





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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 the edge of madness during his involuntary internment. The film is essentially a plea for more sensible treatment of the mentally disturbed and the emotionally distressed, calling for much-needed widespread reforms -- something that, alas, was not readily forthcoming in the late 1950s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Head Against the Wall (La Tete contre les murs)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

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

October 12, 2009

[Franju] seeks the madness behind reality because it is for him the only way to rediscover the true face of reality behind this madness.

September 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Harrowing look at a psychiatric hospital and how it fails those who are treatable.

January 4, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

An exposé out of Kafka and Foucault

August 15, 2011 | Full Review…

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