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NCR: Not Criminally Responsible: When a victim's assailant is released

2 out of 4 stars

NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
Directed by
John Kastner

Veteran Canadian documentarian John Kastner once again displays his remarkable ability to get society's outcasts to tell his camera everything. Sean Clifton is a schizophrenic man who stabbed a beautiful stranger in a shopping mall while in a delusional state. This film follows him from incarceration in a forensic hospital to gradual release into the community, much to the alarm of his still-traumatized victim. The system is so effective and the outcome so heartwarming that the lengthy story actually lacks tension: A model patient, the gentle Clifton gets well and apologizes after having spent as many years locked in hospital as any convict would have spent in prison.

April 28, 9:30 p.m., Bader; April 30, 3:30 p.m., Scotiabank; May 5, 1 p.m., Lightbox.

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Kate Taylor is lead film critic at the Globe and Mail and a columnist in the arts section. More


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