Here are two films from Sproutflix worth watching:
A Still Jacket
77 min. / documentary
2010 / Switzerland
We follow Roman and Xaver through their daily routine on a farm in the Swiss Jura (northwestern Switzerland). There are cows to be looked after and wood to be chopped. The drama between them revolves around the educational use of a chainsaw, with the aid of which Xaver attempts to help Roman acquire a feeling for physical control.
A fascinating, often conflicted relationship, in which forces of attraction and rejection alternate in quick succession, develops between Roman and Xaver. At times, Roman appears to draw strength from Xaver`s calm and understanding manner. At other times, he reacts with violent rejection. For a while, Xaver manages to wake and sustain Roman’s interest and to draw him out of his isolation. However, setbacks follow soon, riddles remain unsolved.
A Still Jacket is a film about relationships and their impossibility. Moments of peace and security — underlined by poetic nature observations — are contrasted by depictions of desperate emotional outbursts and anxiety attacks. Ramòn Giger not only succeeds in drawing a striking portrait, but realizes a contemplative reflection on the nature of human relationships themselves.
Be My Brother
8 min. / documentary
2009 / Australia
A young man’s charm and charisma challenges the prejudices of a stranger at a bus stop.
Be My Brother stars aspiring actor Gerard O’Dwyer as Richard, a young man with Down syndrome. His acting practice while waiting for the bus is meant to entertain himself and ultimately the others at the bus stop. When he impacts on the stranger’s world, he also impacts on the heart and mind of someone else close by.
Sproutflix has an ever-growing list of carefully selected films from around the world specifically related to the lives, performances and accomplishments of people with developmental disabilities.