Special Treatment (2011)
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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. --
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Though the parallels drawn between therapy and prostitution grow tiresome, the duo's interaction is peppered with inspired comedic moments.
At the end, there is no great revelation, but Huppert has succeeded once again in making us wonder what's going on in there.
It isn't a lightweight erotic romp at all, but a complicated and delicate two-person odyssey that's much richer and subtler than that.
As clichés trot through their sessions - it's like "In Treatment" as bedroom farce - we check out. Huppert, though, is as fearless as ever.
To put it plainly, Ms. Huppert, now 58, is too old for the part. The spectacle of Ms. Huppert, the epitome of adult self-possession, impersonating a schoolgirl is grotesquely amusing.
Isabelle Huppert has a sly technique and endlessly fascinating face, but this initially intriguing drama abandons darker overtones for rather wan interpersonal revelations.
This solemn, unsexy France/Belgium/Luxembourg co-production...takes mean swipes at both psychotherapy and male sexuality, but fortunately seems most determined to give star Isabelle Huppert another well-deserved showcase for her versatility.
Huppert's performance is strong and Labrune's previous films show she's not without talent. You wish she hadn't so stubbornly adhered to one tiresome idea.
A curious cross of sex therapy and psychotherapy where nobody spends much time in bed or on the couch.
Huppert is always a pleasure on screen, and her performance as a competent, consummate professional is Special Treatment's main draw.
Despite its flaws, Jeanne Labrune's Special Treatment is surprisingly atmospheric at times.
The tag line for the advertising campaign is bold: 'A film that dares to tell the truth about women.' I, unfortunately, missed whatever truth that was.
The cast manage to make the film engaging to some extent, although it becomes less and less interesting
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