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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. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Dr. Marc Lacroix
Nathalie Baye ... Marie Lacroix
Didier Bourdon ... Michel Zyto
Natalia Wörner ... Marianne
Erwan Baynaud Erwan Baynaud ... Léonard Lacroix
Claude Berri ... Hugues
Marc Andréoni Marc Andréoni ... Le gardien
Alain Azerot Alain Azerot ... Un infirmier
Wilfred Benaïche Wilfred Benaïche ... Le patient
Christian Bujeau ... Martial
Julie Depardieu ... Une infirmière
Patty Hannock Patty Hannock ... Marie-Thérèse
Arsène Jiroyan ... Le réceptionniste
Christian Pereira Christian Pereira ... Le docteur fabricant
Christian Ruché Christian Ruché ... Cédric
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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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A doctor's obsession... A killer's madness... The machine that made them one.


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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 November 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Machine See more »

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Germany See more »

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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Don't judge a book by its cover.
8 July 2003 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"La Machine" is a violent, very well-made thriller, which proves that when the French aren't too preoccupied with "art" or "social shock", they can make a genre movie just as good as any similar American product. The director shows remarkable attention to detail, and the performances are versatile enough to help you "buy" the various transformations of the characters. Not an exceptional movie, but a gripping one. (***)


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