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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
(Sans queue ni tête)
"Complex, compassionate and endlessly illuminating" -Los Angeles Times
"A brazenly provocative parallel between the professions of psychiatry and prostitution" -Onion AV Club
"Smart, witty, entertaining and subtle" -The Examiner
"Wry, intelligent... a memorable journey, with exquisitely drawn characters and a tremendous cast, that blends satire, melancholy and romance in unlikely but delicious fashion" -Salon.com
"Huppert has succeeded once again" -Roger Ebert
"A clever examination of dueling therapies... The movie risks banality, yet it's saved — more than saved, really — by [Jeanne] Labrune's calm, considered, humane interest in everybody on screen" -Chicago Tribune
"Huppert is astonishing, projecting a sharp, convincing and almost feral vulnerability. Her abandon and willingness to try anything give the movie a bracing unpredictability." -TimeOut Chicago
What are the similarities between a psychoanalyst and a prostitute? They are both coolly detached professionals, ready to listen to desperate clients who rely on them to help them manage the vicissitudes of daily life.
Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert is outstanding as Alice, an intelligent, high-class call girl who rents a luxury suite to provide her wealthy clients the special treatments they desire. Bouli Lanners is Xavier, a contemptuous and obsessive-compulsive psychoanalyst, who moves into the hotel where Alice plies her trade, after his wife kicks him out. Both Xavier and Alice are fine art cognoscenti who cynically collect clients as well as exquisite statuary.
One day they meet in the drugstore, where he is stocking up on hand sanitizer, and soon Xavier awkwardly attempts to engage Alice's services. Very gradually, they realize their professions share a thing or two in common as they navigate the overlapping worlds of psychotherapy and sex therapy.
Beautifully acted, witty, and moving, Special Treatment is a reflection on the sadness behind the callousness of modern super-sophisticates.
Directed by Jeanne Labrune, France, 2010, 35mm, 95 mins. In French with English subtitles.