The Treatment (De Behandeling)

2014

The Treatment (De Behandeling)

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Total Count: 14

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THE TREATMENT is an unsettling Belgian murder mystery that gets under your skin and stays there. A nail-biting suspense yarn based on one of a series of best-selling novels by British crime writer Mo Hayder, the film is not an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-type whodunit, but rather its gritty themes of sexual violence and pedophilia give it a raw, contemporary intensity that places it in the same company as the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" book and film series. Police inspector Nick Cafmeyer is investigating a case where a mother and father have been bound and beaten, and their young son is missing. An obsessive loner, Cafmeyer discovers that there are other similar cases - tragedies where the parents were forced by a psychopath to harm their own children, who then vanish. For the inspector, this triggers memories of his own brother's abduction as a child, and the possibility that he may still be alive somewhere. Grim and wholly engrossing, THE TREATMENT is a thriller with an edge.

Cast

Geert Van Rampelberg
as Nick Cafmeyer
Ina Geerts
as Danni Petit
Johan van Assche
as Ivan Plettinckx
Laura Verlinden
as Steffi Vankerkhove
Michael Vergauwen
as Chris Gommaer
Dominique Van Malder
as Roland Claeren
Tibo Vandenborre
as Alex Simons
Ingrid De Vos
as Nancy Lammers
Brit Van Hoof
as Cindy Simons
Kyan Steverlynck
as Joff Vankerkhove
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Critic Reviews for The Treatment (De Behandeling)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1)

  • The Treatment brought me close to a panicked run for the cinema door on a number of occasions, but I held steady through this compelling and horrifying police search for a Belgian paedophile.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It is claustrophobic and disquieting, put over with gruesome conviction.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The suspense is built on obscene foundations, the whole film teetering on the brink of seriously bad taste.

    Aug 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Aside from a few annoying implausibilities, "The Treatment" is smart suspense at its darkest.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • a film about acts utterly unconscionable, even unimaginable, which Herbots expertly outlines without ever drifting into overexplicitness or sensationalist excess. In place of shock, we get shame...

    Mar 2, 2015
  • The Treatment is a visceral, engaging and gut wrenching thriller of the first degree that will keep you on the edge of your seat right until the very end.

    Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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