The Stockholm Syndrome, beyond the Myth

a documentary film : The Stockholm Syndrome, beyond the Myth
Director : Antoine Vitkine
Length : 26 '
Year : 2005
Producer : Daniel Leconte


All begins with the famous Stockholm hostage-taking of 1973. A woman taken hostage in a bank vault married her captor. A myth was born: the Stockholm syndrome which stimulates the imagination of filmmakers, journalists and doctors.
What is the Stockholm syndrome? Is it a myth or a reality? What are the conditions that are conducive to this syndrome? What elements of a hostage-taking situation are special enough to explain why a captive can grow sympathetic towards his captors, sometimes even to the point of blaming the police or of defending the kidnappers once the hostage-taking is over?
To understand that, we meet with four witnesses of hostage-taking situations.