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Shock Treatment (1973)

Traitement de choc (original title)
Doctors at a rejuvenation clinic discover a formula that will prevent aging. However, it involves harvesting the blood and body parts of young men, a process that the doctors aren't particularly averse to.

Director:

Alain Jessua

Writers:

Alain Jessua (scenario), Roger Curel (adaptation) (co-writer)
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Alain Delon ... Docteur Devilers
Annie Girardot ... Hélène Masson
Robert Hirsch Robert Hirsch ... Gérôme Savignat
Michel Duchaussoy ... Docteur Bernard
Gabriel Cattand Gabriel Cattand ... Procureur de Boissière
Jeanne Colletin Jeanne Colletin ... Camille Giovanelli
Robert Party Robert Party ... Colonel de Riberolles
Jean Roquel Jean Roquel ... Marcel Lussac
Roger Muni Roger Muni ... Paul Giovanelli
Lucienne Legrand Lucienne Legrand ... Lise de Riberolle
Anne-Marie Deschodt ... Lise de Riberolle
Salvino Di Pietra Salvino Di Pietra
Gabriella Cotta Ramusino Gabriella Cotta Ramusino
Nicole Gueden Nicole Gueden ... La femme du cafetier
François Landolt François Landolt
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When the executive of the fashion industry Hélène Masson is dumped by her lover, she has a midlife crisis and her friend Gérôme Savignat advises her to spend vacation in the isolated rejuvenation clinic owned by Dr. Devilers and his partner Dr. Berbard. Hélène is welcomed by the happy clients and befriends the Portuguese employee João, who is an illegal immigrant, practicing her knowledge in Portuguese language with him. After the first injection of a formula based on animal blood, Hélène feels very well, But soon Gérôme can not afford to pay the treatment and commits suicide. Then João disappears and Dr. Devilers does not allow her to check-out the clinic. Hélène goes further in her investigation of the clinic and finds the secret of the rejuvenation formula of Dr. Devilers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A lot of well known french actors get completely naked in a memorable and unexpected fun scene See more »

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This Alain Jessua film enables viewers to have a tiny glimpse of their favorite stars in the buff.
18 January 2016 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

It is not possible for anybody to prevent films from getting negative publicity or becoming famous for 'wrong reasons'. French director Alain Jessua directed one important film in his long career which could easily belong to the above mentioned category. It is called 'Traitement De Choc'/Shock Treatment.For absolute puritans, the appearance of French actors Alain Delon and Annie Girardot in some nude scenes might be a cause of concern but for average viewers they provide a healthy dose of voyeurism which is something that is craved by all people. However, the true essence of a film cannot simply rest on the presence of just few sex scenes. This is precisely why a film like Shock Treatment is revolutionary as it was the first film in the history of cinema which heralded the use of human beings as guinea pigs for sadistic pleasures of a few denizens of a selfish capitalist society. Director Alain Jessua chose to highlight the sad plight of impoverished Portuguese boys who were deceived into selling their own bodies when they came to France in search of a better living. Shock treatment is not a horror film but some scenes are not for viewers with a weak heart. Lastly, if you have been enjoying actor Alain Delon's performances as a leading man then 'Shock Treatment' has an element of surprise in it. Watch it in order to explore it with your own eyes.


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Language:

French | Portuguese

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November 1974 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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