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  • 103 min
  • Norway
  • Made in Norway
  • 12 years
  • 3 Screenings
The Recovery Channel3
The Recovery Channel1
The Recovery Channel2

The Recovery Channel is structured like a news broadcast with reports, interviews, and two news anchors in the studio. It focuses on the use of coercion in Norwegian psychiatry, revealing how institutions strip individuals of their freedom. After the camera is turned off, news anchor Randi experiences the difficulty of being a close relative to her sister Ylva, who struggles with mental health issues and refuses help.

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This fascinating genre blend blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction. By employing the familiar conventions of TV media, the film comments on how the press lacks the will to delve into this important issue. While mental illness often is simplified in the media—either through dramatic violent incidents or through uplifting stories of people recovering—filmmaker Ellen Ugelstad manages to present a much more nuanced picture.

The Recovery Channel is playful in form and at times a bit satirical, but above all, it is a deep dive into topics that are rarely highlighted.


Thursday 07. march 20.00 20.00 Prinsen 5
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Friday 08. march 10.30 10.30 Prinsen 5
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Sunday 10. march 14.15 14.15 Prinsen 7
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Director Ellen Ugelstad
Year 2023
Length 103 min
Country Norway
Language norwegian
Subtitles english
Cast Turid Rivertz Vatne, Ravdeep Singh Bajwa, Valentina Alexeeva