NCR: Not Criminally Responsible

NCR: Not Criminally Responsible

                                NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
| 1 h 39 min

Directed by John Kastner, this feature documentary about violence, mental illness, and the rights of victims tells the story of a troubled young man who stabbed a complete stranger 6 times in a crowded shopping mall while gripped by psychosis. Twelve years later, his victim, who miraculously survived, is terrified to learn that he’s out, living in the community under supervision. He’s applying for an absolute discharge, and if he succeeds, he’ll no longer be required to take the anti-psychotic drugs that control his mental illness. With unprecedented access to the patient, the victim, and the mental institution, the film looks at both sides of the debate and puts a human face on the complex ethical issues raised.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

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  • producer
    John Kastner
  • director
    John Kastner
  • writer
    John Kastner
  • producer
    Deborah Parks
    Silva Basmajian
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian
  • editor
    Michael Hannan
  • director of photography
    John Westheuser
    Derek Rogers
  • location sound recording
    Doug Kaye
  • composer
    Bruce Fowler
  • researcher
    Nicole Rogers
  • supervising sound editor
    Stephen Barden
  • recording mixer
    Stephen Barden
  • sound effects editor
    Niall Collins
    Patton Rodrigues
  • graphics
    Mark Alberts
  • consultant
    Lisa Ramshaw
    Shawn White
    Hy Bloom

  • whoamI

    Such a beautiful documentary which evoked such a wide variety of emotions. I went from feeling sorry for Sean to hating him to admiring him. It takes a big person to apologize for such an act, and it takes an even bigger person to accept that apology. The Bouvier family showed incredible understanding and grace which I don't often see in people who have no first-hand experience with mental illness. I had a niece with bipolar - she suffered for 14 years before taking her own life; it was just too painful for her to continue living. I am happy to see Sean fighting for his life.

    whoamI, 26 May 2017
  • sjeffery

    Saw the film at the Ottawa Public Library last night and met the family. Wow, what a story of the lost being found and the long journey through faith to forgiveness by a family broken by a crime. Thank you John Kastner! Awesome work.

    sjeffery, 4 Mar 2014
  • kruscito

    @mauricejosephkelliher - the film will be released today!

    kruscito, 5 Nov 2013
  • mauricejosephkelliher

    When will this be available? [I clicked on 'watch movie' only to be told it is 'coming soon'.]. Date please??

    mauricejosephkelliher, 3 Nov 2013
  • Li54

    I have been waiting to see this for months! It was well worth the wait. Well-written, well-produced and very courageously presented by all who participated. My first response -- having just finished watching -- is that everyone involved is a victim. Sean is a victim of his upbringing and those who could have perhaps helped in time to prevent the illness from robbing him of his faculties. Catherine and her family are victims of ghastly circumstance. All are examples of exemplary and inspiring healing and rehabilitation. Thank you.

    Li54, 18 Oct 2013
  • wrikent2500

    CBC Documentary Channel is airing it in the next few days

    wrikent2500, 3 Oct 2013
  • sandi9876

    I am REALLY looking forward to this film. I heard about it on CBC radio this morning. I work in a related field- and plan to watch this and share it with my coworkers. I will be watching for information about when and where it will be available for viewing.

    sandi9876, 25 Apr 2013