La Machine (1977)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Though his friendships with very young girls could very well be innocent in nature, a lonely man panics when the eight-year-old girl he is seeing gets scared, and he kills her. In this courtroom drama, after being subjected to every kind of psychiatric testimony about his arrested development and the court's belief that he has abused the girls he befriended, the accused man makes a compelling statement. In it he states that society bears no great affection for children, judged by its actions, but it does project its dark side onto those it names as criminals. This drama/docudrama is an impassioned plea against the French death penalty.

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abuse, accusation, capital-punishment, friendship, killing, loneliness