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

2 out of 4 stars

Title
NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
Directed by
John Kastner
Genre
Documentary
Classification
14A
Country
Canada
Language
English
Year
2013

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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