NCR: Not Criminally Responsible

NCR: Not Criminally Responsible

  • Director(s): John Kastner
  • Producer(s): Deborah Parks
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 98 min
  • Language(s): Canada
  • Format: HDCAM 1080/23.98p

Plagued by both OCD and schizophrenia, Sean Clifton had long been known as a harmless eccentric in Cornwall, Ontario. That changed in 1999 when Clifton brutally stabbed a stranger outside a Walmart. Declared 'not criminally responsible', he is sent to a forensic psychiatric facility and spends years progressing under medication and continuous psychiatric counselling. With astonishing access to Clifton's world, veteran Canadian director John Kastner takes a masterful 360 degree approach to the crime and its repercussions. He follows Clifton as he moves back into the community and uneasily shares a flat with a fellow offender. Clifton emerges as a reflective, likeable man, attempting to overcome his demons. But his victim remains traumatized and fearful of Clifton. This is a story without villains; it offers both a valuable insight into the treatment of mental illness and a moving study of forgiveness. CN

Credits
Editor(s):
Michael Hannan
Cinematographer(s):
Derey Rogers, John Westheuser
Other(s):
Bruce Folwer
Director(s):
John Kastner
Producer(s):
Deborah Parks