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Warrendale (1967)

Chronicles 7-weeks in the lives of 12 emotionally disturbed children and their therapist's experimental method of treatment at the Toronto-area Warrendale facility.

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Allan King
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Martin Fischer Martin Fischer ... Himself (Dr. Fischer)
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Chronicles 7-weeks in the lives of 12 emotionally disturbed children and their therapist's experimental method of treatment at the Toronto-area Warrendale facility.

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Adults think it's about kids. Kids know it's about adults. See more »

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Country:

Canada

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English

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19 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Warrendale - lasten tähden See more »

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CAD60,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first major feature-length documentary by director Allan King. See more »

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Spin-off Children in Conflict: A Talk with Irene (1967) See more »

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Watch and observe
3 July 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

This Canadian documentary provides a candid peek inside an institute for emotionally disturbed children. The film opens on a striking crane shot of the facility viewed from up above as a car drives up, and as the film cuts inside, it is as if we are entering as guests. The camera-work is surprisingly intimate throughout, getting in close and doing more than just observing during the physical outburst scenes. This is, however, an observational fly-on-the-wall documentary, and as such we never see the documentarians interact with their subjects and there are no interviews or voice-over. This has the advantage of it leaving it up to us to pass judgment on whether the procedures at hand are effective. The disadvantage is the lack of background information, and it is a tad hard to have an opinion on what is going on when one does not know what the kids were like before coming to the institute or what traumatised them in the first place. Whatever the case, the film leaves an indelible impact. There is a section where a boy being tucked into bed constantly glances at the camera, but for the most part, the documentary crew remain invisible. It is hard not to wonder whether (for safety reasons) the crew should have intervened when one boy climbs on top of a giant cupboard, but the fact that the film is layered enough to evoke such questions with its observational format is something in itself.


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