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Dr. Marc Lacroix
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Marie Lacroix
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Michel Zyto
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Marianne
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Léonard Lacroix
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Hugues
Marc Andréoni ...
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Alain Azerot ...
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Wilfred Benaïche ...
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Christian Bujeau ...
Martial
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Patty Hannock ...
Marie-Thérèse
Arsène Jiroyan ...
Le réceptionniste
Christian Pereira ...
Le docteur fabricant
Christian Ruché ...
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Marc Lacroix is a psychiatrist, a student of the brain, with a rocky marriage, a mistress, and a ten-year-old son. He also has a secret laboratory where he's built a machine he thinks will allow him to penetrate the mind of any person hooked up to the machine with him. He tests it with Zyto, a psychopath who has killed three women. The machine fails and exchanges the men's brains. Zyto passes himself off as Marc, and Marc (now in Zyto's body) escapes from the asylum to the flat of his mistress. She tries to warn Marc's wife, exposing herself to Zyto. All are now in grave danger. Can Lacroix find a way to get Zyto back to the machine before irreversible damage is done? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Don't judge a book by its cover.
8 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

"La Machine" is a violent, very well-made thriller, which proves that when the French aren't too preoccupied with "art" or "social shock", they can make a genre movie just as good as any similar American product. The director shows remarkable attention to detail, and the performances are versatile enough to help you "buy" the various transformations of the characters. Not an exceptional movie, but a gripping one. (***)


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