Every Little Thing

Documentary of La Borde clinic in France and its radical politics of experimentation, in which residents and staff reciprocate in a kind of entanglement, an opening up amongst themselves.

Every Little Thing (La Moindre Des Choses)   Dir: Nicolas Philibert, France, 1997, 105 mins

 

What we wrote about it at the time: Jean Oury established La Borde clinic in France in 1951.  Working there with Felix Guattari and colleagues, he helped advance a worldwide movement against psychiatry, which they considered an oppressive institution violently enforcing normative and alienated ideas of the human. Working with patients, artists, theorists, and scientists, they implemented a radical “politics of experimentation” where residents actively participated in the running of the clinic. Every Little Thing slowly documents the everyday life of residents and staff there in the mid-90s, and their preparations for the annual summer play. It contains complicated moments – about the influence of the filmmaker, consent and documentation, and the performance of care. But, as a poetic insight, it also relates a real tenderness that traces a process of unblocking between residents and staff, who reciprocate in a kind of entanglement, an opening up amongst themselves.