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Mortal Transfer (2001)

Mortel transfert (original title)
Michel, a psycho-analyst, falls asleep while listening to his patient Olga, a kleptomaniac and a sexual pervert, tell him how she likes her husband beating her. When he wakes up, he finds ... See full summary »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Michel Durand
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Olga Kubler / The prostitute
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Erostrate (as Miki Manojlovic)
Valentina Sauca Valentina Sauca ... Hélène Maier
Robert Hirsch Robert Hirsch ... Armand Zlibovic
Yves Rénier ... Max Kubler
Catherine Mouchet ... The maths teacher
Denis Podalydès ... Inspector Chapireau
Jean-Pierre Becker Jean-Pierre Becker ... Jacques Preco
Riton Liebman Riton Liebman ... The disc-jockey
Vantha Talisman Vantha Talisman ... Mai Li
Laurent Bateau Laurent Bateau ... Young depressive man
Cyril Raffaelli ... Thief
Estelle Desanges Estelle Desanges ... Michel Durand's mother
Matteo Vallon Matteo Vallon ... Michel Durand's father
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Michel, a psycho-analyst, falls asleep while listening to his patient Olga, a kleptomaniac and a sexual pervert, tell him how she likes her husband beating her. When he wakes up, he finds Olga having been choked to death. He now has to deal with a body, with Olga's rich husband who thinks she stole money from him, and with all his patients' insanity that haunts him. Written by Loic <lhenrygr@yahoo.fr>

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Tout cela ressemblait à du saut à l'élastique... sans élastique


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Michel Durand: [talking to a dead Olga] What is it like to be dead, Olga?
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Warm colors, broad strokes and an element of the perverse.
27 January 2003 | by monty-57See all my reviews

Jean-Jacques Beineix's new film MORTAL TRANSFER is about the misadventures of Freudian psychoanalyst Michel Durand (Jean-Hugues Anglade), who discovers his beautiful female client strangled on his analyst's couch. Instead of going to the police, he just tries to get rid of the body, leading to a nightmarish and at times phantasmagoric odyssey through a nighttime Paris populated by assorted oddballs. The script is by Beineix and Jean-Pierre Gattegno, from Gattegno's novel of the same name. Anglade provides a great mix of vulnerability and determination as the occasionally hapless shrink. "He's wonderful, he's not afraid of anything," commented Beineix at the film's world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Beineix visited Moscow in 2001 to present the film at French Film Week. In an interview with Russian entertainment website Weekend.ru, Beineix provided the key to understanding his film: "What do we do in the process of psychoanalytic therapy? We try to get rid of the body of our childhood. What do killers do in detective movies? They try to get rid of the body. I just combined these two stories. My film is from the point of view of the psychoanalyst and the patient at the same time. Gattegno and I both underwent psychotherapy. We were amused by the possibility of transferring to acting, to comedy, those feelings we'd had on the analyst's couch. Not one session of psychoanalysis ends without the unconscious examination of the patient's attitude toward death."

Due to its increased complexity, the film is just slightly more challenging to appreciate than Beineix's other work, such as DIVA and BETTY BLUE. Nevertheless, it is just as exquisitely crafted, and is markedly more humorous, albeit in twisted ways. Beineix has a flair for the unexpected - this is a heady mix of genres: a stylish black comedy and a tense thriller at the same time, told with warm colors, broad strokes and an element of the perverse.

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Release Date:

10 January 2001 (France) See more »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Canal+, Cargo Films See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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