CRITICISM – The Swiss documentary filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Bron intelligently explores the intricacies of this organ, always mysterious, which has become a Pandora’s box of humanity.
A priori, the documentary by Jean-Stéphane Bron, Five short stories from the brain, seems far removed from cult comedy The brain by Gérard Oury, released in 1969 with Belmondo and Bourvil. However, there are many commonalities. When the brilliant crook nicknamed “the Brain” played by David Niven finds himself in the grip of too strong an emotion, his head suddenly becomes heavy and his brain bends to support his emotions.
The metaphor is as funny as it is clear: our gray matter is both a marvelous tool, but also an entity in its own right. It’s us. This is exactly what the film by the Swiss director tends to demonstrate. By following the research of five neuroscientists, the feature film delves into the intricacies of this organ, still mysterious, which has become a kind of Pandora’s box of humanity.
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