Med doden inde pa livet (1989)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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Patients and medical staff at the Infectious Diseases ward of Hvidovre hospital are the subject of this unusual "fly on the wall" documentary, in which the filmmakers are so unobtrusive that the people being filmed literally forget that the cameras are there. The course of treatment of five patients who are terminally ill is closely observed. None of the patients (most of them with AIDS) is aware that they will die very soon, and all hope the doctors will enable them to live for a goodly time. The medical staff are at their wits' end, because they know there is nothing they can do for these people. One highlight of this documentary is that it shows very clearly how difficult this situation is for those treating the terminally ill, and not just for the patients and their families.