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With Isabelle Huppert, Bouli Lanners, Richard Debuisne and Sabila Moussadek
In this darkly erotic drama from cult filmmaker Jeanne Labrune, Isabelle Huppert stars as a high-class prostitute named Alice who serves up sexual fantasies for her clientele, from schoolgirl innocence to S&M. Fed up with the seamy underbelly of French masculinity, Alice crosses paths with Xavier, a neurotic psychoanalyst facing a marriage crisis. The two quickly realize their professions share a thing or two in common as they navigate the overlapping worlds of psychotherapy and sex therapy.
Writer-director Jeanne Labrune affords Isabelle Huppert, arguably the finest French screen actress of her generation, yet another splendid role in the complex, compassionate and endlessly illuminating 'Special Treatment'... Impressive. --Kevin Thomas, LA Times
Huppert is astonishing. Her abandon and willingness to try anything give the movie a bracing unpredictability. --Patrick McGavinTime Out Chicago
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Playing as a character study, as well as a slight satire, the movie sets up a number of clients for each of the story threads. Unfortunately, for my taste, the interactions tended to veer into the territory of cliche. Some are oddly humorous, some play it straight, some are meant to invoke danger--but, for whatever reason, none were particularly believable. It's not a reflection on the actors, who perform admirably, but instead on a script that seems to want to be far more edgy than it actually is (one of the therapy patients is a cross dresser, Huppert's clients have her act up a variety of expected sexual fetishes). But with Huppert on screen, I was always willing to see where this tale was headed.Read more ›
One thing not pointed out yet is the DVD includes an "Interview" with Director Jeanne Labrune, which is a TEXT interview about the film and it's characters. In some screens the print may be a bit small to read. Labrunne comes across - at least for me - as defensive in her feelings re: Psychoanalysts and the fees they charge.
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