Directed by Jérôme Le Maire
Belgium | 85 min. | French (English subtitled)
An increasing workload, operating rooms that are overmanned and surgeons who increasingly need to run production. For two years, Belgian director Jérôme Le Maire followed a team of French doctors in operating rooms of a famous Paris hospital. What he came back with was a hallucinatory image: Burning Out is a red, hot alarm that sounds, emphasizing that these conditions cannot continue.
In the hospital, everything has to be cheaper, faster and more efficient. The management places enormous amounts of pressure on the staff. The human connection between doctors and their patients disappears in the background, which causes many doctors to lose any joy in their work. Some get frustrated and short-tempered while others act indifferent to their patients. What follows is a logical consequence.
In 2012, Jérôme Le Maire was present at DOCVILLE with the beautiful 'Le thé ou l'électricité', a film which earned him a nomination for the European Film Award.
While back then, Le Maire focused on a Moroccan community in which time stood still and modernity only entered reluctantly, his focus has now been placed on a world that cannot be reversed any longer. Burning Out paints a shocking image of the perfect breeding ground for a growing problem: a burn out.
Director Jérôme Le Maire
Production company AT Doc, Zadig Productions, Louise Productions
Editing Matyas Veress
Producer Arnauld De Battice, Isabelle Truc
Cinematography Jérôme Le Maire
Music Jérôme Le Maire, Marianne Roussy, Romain Cadilhac