Skip to main content

9 SQUARE METRES FOR TWO

France, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Documentaries)

Director: Joseph Cesarini, Jimmy Glasberg

“There are lots of theories about how to reduce crime but showing 9 Square Meters for Two to youngsters might be a good place to start.” - Variety

The result of a remarkable experiment, 9 Square Meters for Two was written and performed by actual inmates of Baumettes Prison in Marseille, France. Essentially, these 10 men, who were merely trained in the technical aspects of camerawork and then encouraged to let their creativity run wild, became the actors and directors of their own tumultuous, though enclosed, lives by taking part in this ongoing prison program.

A purpose-built set was erected within the penitentiary's walls to the actual size of a standard cell (nine square meters) so to assist them in differentiating between real and imaginary situations. We never know how they came to be locked behind bars - and they don't necessarily look like criminals - but we are provided with a very clear, and often startlingly, cinematic window into the individual frustrations, loneliness, indifference, confrontations and claustrophobia that cloud their daily existence.

D Jimmy Glasberg, Joseph Cesarini P Dominique Barneaud, Caroline Caccavale WS AGAT Films & Cie L French w/English subtitles
TD 35mm/2005/94mins

Jimmy Glasberg was born in Corsica, France, in 1961. Joseph Cesarini was born in Gard, France, in 1940. 9 Square Meters for Two (2006) is their feature film directing debut.

See also...

ALIMENTATION GENERALE

This portrait of a small grocery store in a tenement neighbourhood contends that utopias can be found in the most unlikely of places. ... Amid the charmless, crumbling tenement buildings in a suburb ... More »

DE GUERRE LASSES

Sedma, Jasmina, Senada: three young village women. During the war in Bosnia in the mid-90s, their world fell apart. Their husbands disappeared, along with dozens of men from their families. Their ... More »

LA MAISON DE LA RADIO

"A film about radio is a little unnatural: how can you film radio without shattering its mystery?" - Director Nicolas Philibert ... One of the strengths of radio is surely how our reception of it ... More »

IT MAY BE THAT BEAUTY HAS STRENGTHENED OUR RESOLVE - MASAO ADACHI

This tribute to radical Japanese writer-director Masao Adachi is the first in a series of retrospectives from filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux (A Lake, MIFF 2009). ... Grandrieux's incendiary series is ... More »

IT'S HARD BEING LOVED BY JERKS

“We have to have this debate, because when we do, we win the argument.” - filmmaker Daniel Leconte ... Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists' was the title on the front page, followed by a ... More »

STEP UP TO THE PLATE

Step Up to the Plate gives new meaning to the term ‘visual feast'. ... In 2009, Michel Bras, the famed chef behind the eponymous Michelin three-star restaurant voted among the top ten in the world ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director