In a tranquil ward, technology hums and the grey tint of a hospital setting is graced by snows illuminating shine. It pierces through the window giving the cinematography an alluring vibe. The angles of the camera are hosted at heights observant of those within the short, fixing you on the machinery and ambiance of care as well as the insightful glow and reaction of a Human face. The graceful movements of care for the disabled, the practice itself becoming a norm, is what Mani deals with on a daily basis.
Mani tending to a patient he is caring for, the lady in pink is the woman in the couple
However, he is encouraged to step out of his comfort zone – in this setting normality is confronted by the unfortunate though very Humane circumstances of the disabled. At the request of a disabled couple, Mani is asked to help this patient fornicate with his wife. Briefly, awkwardness dons Mani’s face – but the course of the film unravels the importance of how he acts. Prends-Moi is a fantastic short film that amounts Human interaction and forces one to consider the livelihood and eagerness for the patients who want to lead a “normal” life, a concept I am careful of referring to for normality differentiates between cultures. It is a French Canadian short film, directed by Anais Barbeau-Lavalette and Andre Turpin, the short witnesses the handling of two disabled patients who yearn for intimacy. It becomes an honest viewing, explicit content showing an unfamiliar scene of the disabled couple making love. Insightfully Prends-Moi sheds representation with an angle that reduces any stigma or rather unfamiliarity for the livelihoods of the disabled. If we are honest with ourselves there are grey areas within caretaking in general knowledge, overall a very limited projection of what they provide. Hence such films are a necessity for breaking the moral and social barriers of Human care.
An instrument to help handle the patient, Mani carefully though swiftly adjusts him into bed. The triggering of nudity lacks any of the same intensity a non-disabled person would. Which made me feel quite sad, for the essential aspect of being Human is our bodies.
The short film is incredible as it shows the Hospital through the eyes of Mani, capturing a brief moment in his job as a nurse. The length and coverage of his roles, managing the movement of the patients, cracks in his own confidence and evidently his understanding by the visions he is presented with. The heartwarming aspects of the short film show Mani clearly understands the worth of his role, but moreso the importance of allowing these people to live as freely as possible. It pictures the variety of different scenarios the patients within the hospital have, each with outwardly their own interests. Whether in material goods, colour schemes coded to their own aesthetic, a wondrous glance out of the window or an inclination for love like the two patients Mani takes care of. The fact this is a French Canadian film is intriguing, the actors wear facial expressions easily read which stirs even more of an emotive response.
You can watch Prends-Moi here: https://vimeo.com/274546268