In this expertly crafted work of observational filmmaking, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire (Tea or Electricity, Open City Documentary Festival 2013) spent over two years in the surgical unit in one of the biggest and busiest hospitals in Paris.
Chronically understaffed and with strict budget cuts, employees fight among themselves for resources while the management imposes increasingly stringent criteria of efficiency and profitability. The operations, however, are non-stop. All over Europe ‘burnout’ has reached epidemic proportions among employees in the public sector.
With unfettered access, le Maire details the extreme pressures at work throughout the hospital, from the operating theatre to the boardroom, to produce a fascinating study of work and healthcare in the contemporary world.