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Shock Treatment (1973)
"Traitement de choc" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  November 1974 (USA)
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Doctors at a rejuvenation clinic discover a formula that will prevent aging. However, it involves harvesting the blood and body parts of young men, a process that the doctors aren't particularly averse to.

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Docteur Devilers
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Hélène Masson
Robert Hirsch ...
Gérôme Savignat
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Docteur Bernard
Gabriel Cattand ...
Procureur de Boissière
Jeanne Colletin ...
Camille Giovanelli
Robert Party ...
Colonel de Riberolles
Jean Roquel ...
Marcel Lussac
Roger Muni ...
Paul Giovanelli
Lucienne Legrand ...
Lise de Riberolle
Anne-Marie Deschodt ...
Lise de Riberolle
Salvino Di Pietra
Gabriella Cotta Ramusino
Nicole Gueden ...
La femme du cafetier
François Landolf ...
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When the executive of the fashion industry Hélène Masson is dumped by her lover, she has a midlife crisis and her friend Gérôme Savignat advises her to spend vacation in the isolated rejuvenation clinic owned by Dr. Devilers and his partner Dr. Berbard. Hélène is welcomed by the happy clients and befriends the Portuguese employee João, who is an illegal immigrant, practicing her knowledge in Portuguese language with him. After the first injection of a formula based on animal blood, Hélène feels very well, But soon Gérôme can not afford to pay the treatment and commits suicide. Then João disappears and Dr. Devilers does not allow her to check-out the clinic. Hélène goes further in her investigation of the clinic and finds the secret of the rejuvenation formula of Dr. Devilers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Delon in the Buff!
25 August 2002 | by (Here, There, Everywhere!) – See all my reviews

If I'm not mistaken, the UK release title for this film was "Doctor In The Nude," which is very suggestive, but gets to the point--and an especially delicious point that is when the "nude" doctor is played by none other than Alain Delon, still sleek and at the age of 45! I have no idea if there was a cut version (but wouldn't be surprised as this is an over 20-year old mainstream release and contains full frontal male--as well as female--nakedness), but the version I saw contained a tantalizing and protracted sea romp full of naked, middle-aged but thankfully fit men and women. Delon is gorgeous as usual here, could pass for about 10 years younger and possesses the hard-bodied physique of a 20 year old. He plays Dr. Devilers (get the symbolism?), the sinister head of a posh clinic, whose clientele consists exclusively of affluent middle-aged to old people who come there for "rejuvenation" treatments to make them feel and look younger. Anne Giradot plays Helene, a fashion designer who comes to the clinic since she feels "old" after being dumped by her lover for a younger woman. She's pleased when the costly treatments (ostensibly derived from animals) apparently seem to work, and also by the carnal ministrations of the lusty doctor, but is disturbed by the disappearances and demise of the young Portugese men who work there. Soon she discovers the the horrifying connection, but no one will believe her--everyone is too content with how they look and feel to care about anything else.

Although this is far from being a great (or original) suspense, the unsettling atmosphere and fine performances certainly kept me riveted. Giradot capably displays the discontent of the aging Helene, then her growing desperation and panic as she seeks to uncover the truth. Delon once again proves he's the master of what the French call "sang-froid"--here he oozes his characteristic lethal, seductive spell. And going back to that ocean scene for fans of Delon--since he's jumping and splashing around so much, you kind of have to concentrate, if you know what I mean. And if it is a double and not him--well, it doesn't matter cause we can fantasize, can't we?!


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