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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Landolf François Landolf ... (as 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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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Portuguese

Release Date:

November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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"Shock Treatment"
19 February 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

'Shock Treatment' is the quoted translation at the start of this Alain Delon flick, part of the Alain Delon 'Screen Icons' box-set. The title used by IMDb stinks of Carry On innuendo as it belittles a popular sort of subject when it was made in 1973.

Rejuvenation and cosmetic beautification and its perceived ramifications were subjects handled quite a bit by the likes of Michael Crichton and this rather strange brew of beauty and savagery quite neatly stitches these two aspects together.

Annie Girardot plays the retail executive out to get some posh spa treatment at the exclusive resort run by the sinister Dr Devilers (Delon). Amongst the carrot juice cocktails and seaweed scrubs are life- affirming injections, whilst the ever rotating staff of illegally working Portuguese young male staff are despondent for some reason. A fellow patient mysteriously commits suicide and so Girardot goes on the prowl and does some investigating.

The explicit nudity was indeed an eye opener as I was only aware beforehand that it was cert 15 but of course all that frivolity, naturalness and freedom comes at a price. It all becomes nicely sickening the more we know as to how the clinic works and how it gets its medical "powers".

All in all, it's quite fun, suspenseful and macabre but please don't think that it's a cheesy comedy that's only out for cheap laughs that its popular title conveys.


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