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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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Alain Jessua :an accursed director?
26 February 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Alain Jessua has made some of the most disturbing movies of a generally tame French cinema (mainly in the seventies and early eighties unless some "avant-garde" drivel like "themroc" counts). Barely ten movies in almost forty years.His best works are to be found between 1972 and 1982,his most fruitful decade which begins with "traitement de choc" and encompasses forgotten works such as "les chiens " "Armaguedon" and "paradis pour tous" . "Traitement de choc" is his towering achievement though:and not only because Delon and Girardot are completely naked for one sequence by the sea .There's much more substance to find here.The core of movie is the fear of dying ,and when you see so many people worship their body today,you cannot deny this flick was ahead of its time.

In a strange clinic , doctors Delon and Duchaussoy make people look younger ,thanks to animal cells.That's what they say.Their patients set up a small community of happy few .Girardot who has been ditched by her partner and who comes to think she begins to get old enters the place.Little by little,strange things happen:a lot of the staff (migrant workers) are sent back home because they've got the homesick blues.That's what they say.One of her friend commits suicide because he was broke and could not afford this luxury anymore.That's what they say.The tension increases and in the last fifteen minutes ,"traitement de choc" becomes a true horror film.(One should note it was made the same year as "Solyent Green").

"Traitement de choc" is the selfishness of the bourgeoisie ,the power of money,the eternal dream of perpetual youth which haunts all of us ,man's exploitation of his fellow man (in every sense of the term)."Shock therapy" indeed.


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