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Special Treatment2010

  • 3.5
In this darkly erotic drama from cult filmmaker Jeanne Labrune, Isabelle Huppert stars as a high-class prostitute named Alice. 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.

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Excuse me while I wipe away a quiet tear. Alice made her entrance and she turns out to be fully in charge of her rather pathetic clientele. They are all men and the are not a very stable or attractive lot. She handles them well, though sometimes it is a bit risky. Then we meet some psychiatrists and therapists - vultures every one, most of them men. Again. they seem a sorry lot. There is a moment in which it is suggested that EVERYONE is tightly encased in armor and practicing bullshit. But there are cracks in the armor and there is hope that there can be change. I could smile as things worked out without feeling I have been manipulated. I do like some of these French films that portray beautiful women as still beautiful though no longer young. There is a strange gentleness in this film that I really liked.

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Excuse me while I wipe away a quiet tear. Alice made her entrance and she turns out to be fully in charge of her rather pathetic clientele. They are all men and the are not a very stable or attractive lot. She handles them well, though sometimes it is a bit risky. Then we meet some psychiatrists and therapists - vultures every one, most of them men. Again. they seem a sorry lot. There is a moment in which it is suggested that EVERYONE is tightly encased in armor and practicing bullshit. But there are cracks in the armor and there is hope that there can be change. I could smile as things worked out without feeling I have been manipulated. I do like some of these French films that portray beautiful women as still beautiful though no longer young. There is a strange gentleness in this film that I really liked.

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Not a masterpiece, but very cute and must-see for isabelle Huppert fans.

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Implosive exploration of sex, religion, money, interpersonal power politics. Rather than unnecessary conclusions, an 'unbearable lightness of being'. The work of La Troupe des Pelerins de Namur revitalizes the final scenes. Richard Debuisne brings laconic decency to the role of Pierre Cassagne. Huppert's smiles with the close camera at the very last: audacious, vulnerable. Suggestions: 'Belle de Jour' - Deneuve in YSL haute couture. 'BUtterfield 8' - from John O’Hara's novel of the same name, which was based on his personal experience and real life events.

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Jeanne Labrune's film never really takes us anywhere new. However she has a very valuable player in Ms. Huppert. The actress breathes a loneliness and desperation into her performance that makes the film work.

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Entertaining without being overly dramatic and tragic, this film draws a comparison between psychoanalysis and prostitution. But also, it really makes us look at anything we engage in to escape, or do in roundabout, indirect, mindless ways -- The bearing question: "How's that workin' for you?" Perspective, and contact, touchdown with reality.

Wonderful, insightful, engrossing and, finally, very moving.

Vraiment la peine de regarder

This is a weird movie.