In this unusual drama, the inhabitants of a residence for physically handicapped people are shown conducting their lives with passion and commitment. They not only have to cope with their physical limitations, but with their own rage about the constraints these impose, and their difficulties in dealing with the relatively clueless "whole" people who administer the center. At the same time, they manage to skillfully wrest every ounce of enjoyment out of life that is possible for them, in quite surprising ways. This movie has many disturbing scenes, some of them of an explicitly sexual nature, but tells the tales of the individuals in it with a humor and honesty which is free from the kinds of sentimentality usually associated with such stories. Perhaps this is because the director himself once resided at such a center.
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