|Directed by Janis Cole and Holly Dale|
|Canada, 1977 (documentary, 32 minutes, colour, English)|
"The maximum security mental health center at Penetanguishene, Ontario, is a hospital for the criminally insane. Through interviews and during the therapy sessions of the patients themselves (including a glimpse into 'the capsule,' which patients enter voluntarily as a way to break down psychological reserve), Thin Line shows the capacity for understanding and human compassion in these men who have committed some of the most brutal crimes, including rape, assault, and murder."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)
Film Description [in French] :
|Film Credits (partial):|
|Produced by:||Janis Cole, Holly Dale|
|Cinematography:||John Clement, Joseph L. Sutherland|
|Film Editing:||Janis Cole, Holly Dale|
|Production Company:||National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada, Spectrum Films|
"Throughout, the filmmakers seem intent on changing any misconceptions we might have of either the inmates or the institution. At one point they include shots of the long corridors echoing with the haunting sound of screaming voices, as though in recognition that this is to be expected in such a place. Instead, the filmmakers concentrate on articulate men able to analyze their problems, admit their weaknesses, and arrive at an understanding of the social and psychological forces which lead to their criminal acts."
-- Joyce Nelson (source)