Pinel tells the story of three men afflicted with mental illness who committed a violent crime while experiencing psychosis. They were found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder and hospitalized at Pinel, a maximum-security institution specializing in the treatment of violent behavior linked to mental illness. The documentary highlights the three mental patients’ struggle to overcome their illness and regain their freedom and place in society. A long and painful journey that was followed for over a year by filmmakers Hélène Magny and Pierre Mignault, who had exclusive and unprecedented access to the institution. Pinel is above all a human film, a film about suffering in which the characters testify candidly about what they did, how their life is now and their hopes for the future.