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“DWorrying phenomena have been occurring to me lately: scorching flashes, fatigue, lowered libido […] What is going on to me? » It was to start with his personal signs that pushed Rémy Burkel, a 61-year-old Franco-American director, to hold out the investigation. Worried about what he nonetheless can’t identify, the sixty-year-old turns to Google, earlier than a specialist resolves his final doubts: it’s certainly andropause.

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In Andropause, the nice collapse?, an Infrarouge documentary, broadcast this Tuesday, June 25, at 11:20 p.m., on France 2, Rémy Burkel lifts the veil on the progressive decline in testosterone ranges inherent to age and explores the completely different sides of this intimate upheaval. His personal, and that of others. Around one in three males over the age of fifty, and at least one in two across the age of 70, undergo this fateful second. “That’s a lot of people!” »

“A man, a real one, a strong one”

Yet the topic is silent. Why this taboo? questions the director all through his documentary, carried by the confidences of the primary events and the evaluation of specialists (urologists, psychologists, sexologists). “When a man is no longer 'hard', he's not going to proclaim it from the rooftops…” Jean-Yves first responds, with out ceremony, the primary interlocutor to conform to testify overtly. And the next affirm it: the social constructions inherent to sexuality additionally weigh (closely) on males.

Symbol of a conquering masculinity, the erection when it’s now not is “a catastrophe for many of them”, explains psychologist Marie de Hennezel. “It’s less the intimate side than no longer being a man, a real one, a strong one, that scares me…” says a sixty-year-old in entrance of Rémy Burkel’s empathetic digicam.

Sensitive, deep confidences, which additionally make room for humor (you need to see the largely self-deprecating passage on Viagra!), and subsequently for de-dramatization. Also to the questioning of erect virility alone, to fatalism, in addition to to the chances of “revisiting one’s sexuality”. “More and more often I say to myself: “OK, today it’s like this and it’s no big deal”, it’s an actual change and it’s extraordinarily liberating,” confides one of many males to Rémy Burkel. A honest and uninhibiting documentary. READ ALSO The manly norm is an oppression for each sexes