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5.0 out of 5 stars Her Name Is Sabine., December 19, 2011
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So beautiful. So gifted. But with a neurological problem which causes her to lash out at herself and others. Her mother and siblings are bewildered, and unsure how to help her. As life takes its course and her siblings move away to their families and careers, Sabine, stuck in childhood, feels angry and abandoned. Her behavior deteriorates, and after trying to find other solutions, she is institutionalized. The toxic medications and shock of the experience leave her devastated.

This film picks up at a point in which Sabine has been removed from the institution, and placed into a group care home by her sister Sandrine. Sandrine Bonnaire, the auteur of this film, and a famous French actress, had lobbied to create the group home simply to improve her sister Sabine's life. This film follows the day to day life of Sabine and the handful of other residents. Personalized compassionate care is given each one; at first I felt outraged they were not allowed to rest, or the epileptic given a wheelchair. Then I realized, the staff makes a constant effort to push each one just past the point of comfort, to keep them from stagnating. When they truly cannot, the staff steps in without judgment. Indeed, as the staff are drooled on, spat at, bitten and hit, and never lose temper, one sees why there are so few homes like this. Such saints do not grow on trees. It is very touching how endlessly patient the staff are with the residents of the group home.

This is not a film to watch if you become sad easily. This is not a feel good 'triumph of the spirit' movie. This is daily life put to film. The good news is that Sabine improved after living in this group home. The bad news is that for her and the other residents, this house in the country, with flies buzzing, and day trips to buy some clothes, or eat at a fast food place, are as good as it gets. Sandrine Bonnaire has made a gem of a love letter to her sister. We cannot forget her or the other residents. Her name is Sabine; and this film is heartbreaking.
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Initial post: May 19, 2012 11:18:31 AM PDT
Baciagaluppo says:
I, too, was very impressed by the kindness, compassion, and patience shown by the French caregivers.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 3:17:46 PM PDT
Currer Bell says:
Thank you so much for your comment. I found their devotion and patience moving as well, and the courage and persistence of the patients.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 1:17:45 PM PST
flyer says:
Your review is as beautiful as the film.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 3:15:50 PM PST
Currer Bell says:
Thank you so much.
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