Individuals with mental disabilities tell their stories of love and heartbreak

by Beatrice Credi - 2016.09.19
Individuals with mental disabilities tell their stories of love and heartbreak
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Individuals with mental disabilities are capable of love. This could be a fitting subtitle to the docufilm “Les Mots Doux” (Sweet Words). What is love at first sight? When is the right time to go and live together? How do you know if your are right for each other? And, what about sex? Take for example Caroline -- who declares that she still believes in love; or Paulo who tends to be more disenchanted. Joëlle, has made up her mind, to never marry, she prefers living together. While Rafie jumps into the "online dating" experience. These are just a few of the protagonists in the not-to-miss docufilm, directed by Estelle Djana Schmidt and Antoine Bonnin, after two years of having collected direct interviews and testimonials about sex and love, from individuals with mental disabilities. The result is a gallery of faces and stories that revolve around a theme that is not often discussed and that still carries with it many tabu. The real value of this project, according to the Directors themselves, is allowing those involved directly to share their "sweet words" openly and freely.

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