“Corrupto” is a short Chilean documentary showing at Toronto Hot Docs 2022.
A young woman undergoes multiple electro convulsive therapy in August 2018 and the doctor proclaims the treatment was successful. It is quite apparent that is not the case as the woman suffers from loneliness, alienation, memory loss, panic attacks, confusion, incomplete memories and a struggle to connect with her surroundings. This is where the camera work and sound brilliantly conveys to the viewer what words can’t express completely. There is static, images of a brain undergoing ECT and faces scratched out by markers so they are unrecognizable. There is even a clip albeit blurry of a demonstration against ECT where a speaker talks of ECT as electrocution.
The woman says it is her mission to reconnect with her deceased mother but how likely can that be if she can’t reconnect with herself?
It shows in theatre with “Desert Space” on 7May and can be streamed (geoblocked to Canada) on May 3 for 5 days.
Director Juan Cifuentes Mera.
RKS Film Rating 86/100.
Photo Fantasy Films