Since the law passed on September 27, 2013, all patients involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital must appear before a liberty and custody judge within 12 days, and every six months thereafter, if necessary. This film was authorized on an exceptional basis. To protect the anonymity of those who appear in it, names and places have been changed.
Within 12 days of their arrival, patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital without their consent appear at a hearing. A judge sits on one side, the patient on the other. Between them: the question of what the word “liberty” truly means.