Le guérisseur (1953)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Lachaux-Laurent
Danièle Delorme ...
Isabelle Dancey
André Turenne
Dieter Borsche ...
Dr. Jean Scheffer
Professeur Chataignier
Jean Galland ...
Michel Boëldieu
Robert, assistant de Laurent
Jim Gérald ...
Virolet, le rebouteux
Colette Régis ...
Louise Mériadec
Renée Passeur ...
La comtesse
Henri Nassiet ...
Le Goff
Marianne Oswald ...
La guérisseuse Lucie
Georges Rollin ...
L'avocat Renoult
André Var ...
L'avocat Vierne
René Havard ...
Un interne


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Release Date:

6 December 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der Arzt und das Mädchen  »

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1.37 : 1
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The dice are loaded
30 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

The healers,the quack doctors ,have always been around;on a large scale, you have Rasputin -who had real powers-,on a smaller one ,you have the charlatan (or the healer with certain powers)) on the block or in the village.

Ciampi's movie is a failure:his healer is a former doctor with a medical background at the university ,played by handsome Jean Marais (he should have turned down such a bad part),he is not really an empiric ,ready to get back to science when the "hands" do not work anymore .Thus the debate is altered:hence the travesty of a trial after which the healer is carried in triumph by the crowd.

Actually ,Ciampi's healer is closer to a shrink :nowadays ,there are less healers,because people rush to the shrink's place instead;Jean Marais tells us so: the people he cures are not really ill:they are hypochondriac and he soothes them ;but his motives are dubious:"I gave up medicine because I did not make enough money".His rival,a former colleague ,is nasty,unkind,devoid of human feelings,the screenplay obviously wants to make us side with the ex-physician.

Danielle Delorme provides the love interest as well as a very melodramatic ending ;Maurice Ronet appears as a patient who suffers from TB.

To be successful,the film should have shown a true empiric healer;by not doing so,it fails in its purpose.

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