EVERY LITTLE THING AND THE IDIOTS
THE MENTALIST SPECIAL
This week’s double bill is in conjunction with NOUS MAGAZINE and their week long festival spotlighting the changing perspectives of mental health issues. To compliment the event Cultivate will be screening the lyrical French documentary EVERY LITTLE THING by Nicolas Phillibert. This intimate and sympathetic yet honest portrait of life in an institution following the life of the patients and staff at the LA BORDE psychiatric institution. The documentary charts the preparation for their summer play, which is staged within the grounds every year. Subtlety questioning what society deems normal or abnormal Philibert opens a window into a world widely derided but very rarely understood. Next up is work of Dogma 95’s co-creature Lars Von Trier; THE IDIOTS sticking to the manifesto Von Trier creates a micro society to examines the boundaries between sanity and insanity, normal and abnormal, establishing the lines between seemingly inappropriate excessive behaviour, brought into sharper view by the fact that what is consider inappropriate and anti-social behaviour when it is praticed by the majority. The Idiots looks at subverting the norm, so what was once perceived as questionable behaviour is now deemed conventional and what would previously have been deemed as normal is now viewed with mistrust? The Idiots hold a mirror up to society and forces the viewers to look at themselves.