Jean-Daniel Pollet, L’Ordre, 1973
L’Ordre is a documentary about a leper colony. Pollet interviews only one articulate, poetic, firebrand leper, while his camera takes on an addition component of disorientation, in sympathy with its subject: it prowls like a trapped animal, wanders erratically through the island terrain, reframes violently along both vertical and horizontal axes. At the film’s center is the magic object of the leper, filmed in startling closeups that confront the audience with the ravages of his disease. The film remains a monster movie, remote and implacable, and its resources are devoted to making us feel monstrous as well, wandering an arid universe that feels like a dying dream.
- “Jean-Daniel Pollet”, Dan Sallitt