On the Adamant

Directed by Nicolas Philibert

Release Year: 2023
Running time: 109
Country: France, Japan
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Genres: Documentary
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Directed by: Nicolas Philibert

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, this affecting, enlightening documentary from nonfiction master Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have, In the Land of the Deaf) invites viewers to come aboard the Adamant and witness the transformational power of art and community. The Adamant is a one-of-a-kind place: a floating refuge on the Seine River in the heart of Paris that offers day programs for adults with mental illnesses. Its attendees come from across the city and are offered care that grounds them in time and space, helping them achieve recovery and stability. Through a blend of therapy, education, and culture rooted in music and the arts, the Adamant offers a hopeful vision of what a humanistic approach to mental health care could look like. The community on the boat is intentionally created so that both the staff and the people receiving care are treated with the same respect and dignity. Their meetings and conversations reveal the camaraderie and collective humanity of a group of people whose similarities far outweigh their differences.


Compassionate, intelligent… there is enormous warmth, sympathy and human curiosity in this film.

- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Inside the Adamant, a convivial atmosphere of disorder reigns. There's something to be said for how quaint… this quite remarkable facility is made out to be. Could treating the mentally ill with respect and empathy be this simple?”

- Beatriz Loayza, The New York Times

"The Adamant encourages visitors to see themselves beyond and in spite of their condition. It reminds them that mental illness is a condition they have, not the defining element of who they are. The ambition of Nicolas Philibert’s Berlinale-winning “On the Adamant” is to extend that view to a wider audience"

- David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“Gently poetic.”

- David Robb, Slant Magazine

“A moving testament to what people are capable of.”

- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“Demonstrates the healing power of art and community. A work of endearing compassion and quiet observation.”

- M.J. O’Toole, Hammer To Nail

“A majestic, humanist film."

- Thierry Chèze, Premiere

“A real gem." 

- Dustin Chang, Screen Anarchy