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A group of husbands with their wives participate in a reunion where everybody will find his hidden secret. The methods used are terrible, but usually work. Just usually.

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A group of husbands with their wives participate in a reunion where everybody will find his hidden secret. The methods used are terrible, but usually work. Just usually. Written by thecrow <uc275@cclx1.unican.es>

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Disturbing, well-performed psychodrama
13 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie is indeed based on true events as depicted in the book, "Brainwash", by Gene Church. Church actually attended one of these "employee motivational weekends" in the late 60's. While some of the details were changed (the group leaders were of the same gender as the groups, rather than opposite, as in the film), the movie is pretty much right on.

The film is now dated -- such "motivation" is based on flawed psychological theory and would be regarded as abuse today -- but still a fascinating view , very well done on an obviously low budget. The cast performs quite well, particularly Yvette Mimieux and Leo Rossi as the ice cold "motivators" and especially Walter Olkewicsz in the challenging role of the fat guy with low self-esteem.

It's not for the weak of heart and can still shock, even now, but fans of psychological thrillers will definitely enjoy it. Never released on DVD, it'll be a challenge to dig up an old VHS tape.


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