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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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Marc Andréoni ...
Le gardien
Alain Azerot ...
Un infirmier
Wilfred Benaïche ...
Le patient
Christian Bujeau ...
Martial
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Une infirmière
Patty Hannock ...
Marie-Thérèse
Arsène Jiroyan ...
Le réceptionniste
Christian Pereira ...
Le docteur fabricant
Christian Ruché ...
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The psychiatrist Marc Laxroix is a studious scientist of the brains of criminals. He has an unhappy and loveless marriage with his wife Marie Lacroix and they have a boy, Léonard Lacroix. Marc has also a mistress, Marianne, who is also his confidante. Marc has secretly built a machine to study the mind of a person to another one in his old house, but he has not tested it yet, and Marianne is the only person who knows. When the serial-killer Michel Zyto is sentenced to life in the institution where Marc works, he decides to study the mind of the psychopath. Then he brings Zyto to use the machine and their minds are exchanged. When Marc asks Zyto to press a green button to restore their minds, Zyto refuses and uses Marc's body to lock up Marc trapped in his body in the institution. Further, he goes to Marc's house to stay with his family. Will Marc retrieve his body? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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