"While gripped by psychosis, a troubled young man stabs a complete stranger six times in a crowded shopping mall. Declared not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder, the young man, Sean Clifton, is confined to a forensic mental health institution. His victim, Julie Bouvier, miraculously survives, haunted by nightmares but relieved that her attacker has been locked safely away. Twelve years later, she is terrified to learn that Sean is out, living in the community under supervision. He's applying for an absolute discharge, and if he succeeds, he'll no longer be required to take the anti-psychotic drugs that control his mental illness ... [The film] offers a timely and provocative examination of violence and mental illness, and the rights of victims. With unprecedented access to the patient, the victim, and the mental institution, the film looks at both sides of the debate and puts a human face on the complex ethical issues raised."--NFB.ca. Sean Clifton has a dual diagnosis of Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Schizophrenia.
Brockville Mental Health Centre.
Crime -- psychology -- Canada.
Criminal Psychology -- Canada.
Forensic psychiatry -- Ontario -- Brockville.
Hospitals, Psychiatric -- Ontario.
Mental Competency -- Canada.
Mental Disorders -- psychology -- Ontario.
Mental Health Services -- Ontario.
Mentally Ill Persons -- Ontario.
Mentally ill offenders -- Deinstitutionalization -- Ontario.
Mentally ill offenders -- Institutional care -- Ontario -- Brockville.
Mentally ill offenders -- Mental health services -- Ontario.
Mentally ill offenders -- Rehabilitation -- Ontario -- Brockville.
People with mental disabilities and crime -- Ontario.
Psychiatric hospital patients -- Ontario -- Interviews.
Psychiatric hospitals -- Ontario -- Brockville.
Psychiatric hospitals -- Outpatient services -- Ontario.
Victims of violent crimes -- Ontario -- Interviews.
Violent offenders -- Rehabilitation -- Ontario -- Brockville.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Documentary Channel (Television network)
J.S. Kastner Productions Ltd.
Kastner, John, 1948-
National Film Board of Canada.