Directed by : Alexe Poukine

Genre : Documentary

Duration : 98′

Year: 2024

Original version : French

Subtitles : German, English

Who cares?

In the small arena of the CHUV training centre in Lausanne, “fake” patients and “real” doctors simulate medical consultations, to learn about kindness. But in an increasingly liberal hospital system, which itself exerts violence on medical staff, is this ideal relationship really possible?

A space for experimenting with what seems impossible: this is the description of the role play in which healthcare workers attempt to resist an intolerable system by calling on their imagination. After using a form of role play in That Which Does Not Kill to enable women to appropriate another’s experience, Alexe Poukine documents similar practices designed to support shattered medical staff. The scene conjures up the those seen before: will the attentiveness and listening capacity supposedly acquired by medical students through sophisticated simulations find a space where they can be put into practice? As time is taken to teach the students to ask unbiased questions and speak clearly without hurting, the practitioners, on the other hand, describe a jungle where each is reduced to trying to survive psychically by doing the least possible harm to others. The initial training highlights openness, but the professionals describe a blocked horizon. The key mechanism of the film lies in linking up these two phases and two states of the profession. Between the two is the inconceivable reality of a topsy-turvy health system that creates harm as it dispenses care, the glaring off-screen of Who Cares? The mention of interns who ended their life makes it cruelly clear: the collision between the possible and the real could have tragic consequences. 



Directed by : Alexe Poukine

Assistant director : Sélima Chibout, Coline Grando

Images : Hélène Motteau, Camille Sultan, Jorge Piquer Rodriguez, Camille Langlois, Colin Lévèque, Mathilde Blanc

Sound : Thomas Grimm Lansberg, Lucas Lebara, Pierre-Nicolas Blandin

Editing : Agnès Bruckert 

Sound mix : Maxence Ciekawy

Color grading : Jorge Piquer Rodriguez 

Production : Benoît Roland, Wrong Men / Pascaline Sordet, Climage / François-Pierre Clavel, Kidam 

Coproduction : RTBF – Isabelle Christiaens / RTS – Steven Artels, Bettina Hofmann

World sales: Andana Films

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