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I Am Not a Hero

Je Ne Suis Pas un Héros
2020 / 73m - Belgium
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Poignant doc. It's a little weird to look back at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown while we're still in the middle of the pandemic, even so it almost feels like a different era. We've come a long way in just a year's time, so this was an interesting flashback, a look back at what our world looked like just one year ago.

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The film follows around the nurses of the Erasmus hospital in Brussels as they try to deal with the situation. It's a very candid, sobering documentary where people talk freely about the way they cope. It's not half as fatalistic or depressing as I figured it would be, at the same time the film doesn't shy away from addressing some harsh truths.

The scope is rather small, which it creates a certain intimacy that you don't often find in documentaries. It offers a very different angle than the one you'd get from following the more traditional media, reducing this pandemic to what it actually is for most people: an unpleasant reality they've learned to deal with. Recommended.