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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
Claude Berri ...
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Marc Andréoni ...
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Alain Azerot ...
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Wilfred Benaïche ...
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Christian Bujeau ...
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Marie-Thérèse
Arsène Jiroyan ...
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Christian Pereira ...
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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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A doctor's obsession... A killer's madness... The machine that made them one.


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Surprisingly-Good Movie
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of those rare cases in which the opposite occurs: a movie that should have been stupid and hokey but turned out to be well-done and a good thriller. Yes, a very pleasant surprise.

A man invents a machine which can switch the inward beings (at least the brain) of two humans so....the doctor winds up being a killer while the killer becomes him, the doctor in actions and thoughts. This "fact" is hidden because the two people still have the old face and body of the person they used to be, so no one else can see the two people have switched "identities.""

Anyway.....there is very good suspense in this film as the good guy tries to save his wife and family from being killed by the deranged human. Yeah, I know....it sounds confusing and stupid, but it isn't. The film also boasts a few shocking scenes and twists at the end. Recommended.


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