Documentary | 75' and 54' | 2005 | color | 16/9 | 35mm, Betacam Digital, Blu-ray
Original version: French
Subtitles: English, Italian, German
No one knows the day or the hour. When illness strikes, accompanied by pain and physical decline, there we are, faced with death. The outlook on what remains of life appears dismal and full of anguish. How to spare oneself, and one’s closest family, painful agony?
Switzerland is the only country in the world where associations, such as EXIT, quite legally provide suicide assistance to people at the end of their lives. For over twenty years volunteers have accompanied sick and handicapped people towards a death of their choice that seems more dignified to them.
In this documentary, these escorts and the people they accompany tackle death head-on. Not like a taboo or an unacceptable end, but like a release. In a society tending to control everything, they refer us back to this quintessential, intimate question: Is choosing our death not our ultimate freedom?
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
SWISS FILM AWARD 2006
GOLDEN LINK AWARD
Best European Coproduction 2006
FULL FRAME FEST
Inspiration Award – Honour Mention
Jury Honorable Mention
Visions du Réel 2005, Nyon
Etats Généraux du Documentaire, Lussas
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Québec, Canada
BAFICI Festival internacional de Cine Independiente, Buenos Aires
Festival International FIPA 2006, Biarritz
41 Journées de Soleure, Suisse