Click the button on the top right of the video player to purchase the film through our host, Vimeo. You will need to make an account to complete the purchase.
Not seeing a purchase option? Unfortunately this means that the video is not available to watch in your location.
Hikikomori: The Locked Generation (2020)
1h 10m | English | Michaëlle Gagnet
They are becoming more and more numerous but we do not see them. Some disappear into solitude without anyone noticing. These are the ‘Hikikomori’. ‘Hikikomori’ is a Japanese word used to describe reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from the public world and seek extreme degrees of isolation. The phenomenon first gripped the population of Japan in the 1990s, thought to be triggered by the economic crisis and academic pressures imposed by society.
Today, this expression of modern suffering seems to be spreading elsewhere in the world, particularly in France, where it has been recognised by medical experts only recently. In both France and Japan, we follow psychiatrist Marie-Jeanne Guedj as she endeavours to understand ‘Hikikomori’ and treat those who are suffering from the condition.