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De behandeling (2014)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 29 January 2014 (Belgium)
Inspector Nick Cafmeyer seems to have it all - looks, brains and a successful career. But a dark cloud hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the unsolved ... See full summary »

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Hans Herbots

Writers:

Mo Hayder (novel), Carl Joos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geert Van Rampelberg ... Nick Cafmeyer
Ina Geerts ... Danni Petit
Johan van Assche Johan van Assche ... Ivan Plettinckx
Laura Verlinden ... Steffi Vankerkhove
Dominique Van Malder Dominique Van Malder ... Roland Claeren
Roel Swanenberg Roel Swanenberg ... Hans Vankerkhove (as Roel Swaenenberg)
Kyan Steverlynck Kyan Steverlynck ... Joff Vankerkhove
Ingrid De Vos Ingrid De Vos ... Nancy Lammers
Michael Vergauwen ... Chris Gommaer
Circé Lethem ... Iris Kryotos (as Circe Lethem)
Brit Van Hoof Brit Van Hoof ... Cindy Simons
Tibo Vandenborre ... Alex Simons
Stan Puynen Stan Puynen ... Robin Simons
Roy Aernouts Roy Aernouts ... Bjorn Cafmeyer
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ... Inspecteur Verbraeke
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Inspector Nick Cafmeyer seems to have it all - looks, brains and a successful career. But a dark cloud hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother, Bjorn. Plettinckx, a known sex offender, was questioned but quickly released. Plettinckx lives close by and takes fiendish pleasure in harassing Nick. Then, when a disturbing case comes to light involving a missing nine-year-old, Nick heads a massive search which turns into a relentless manhunt. Written by AnonymousB

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Mystery | Thriller

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Belgium

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

29 January 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

The Treatment See more »

Filming Locations:

Gemeentelijk Zwembad Aartselaar

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2.35 : 1
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Based on the book of the same named by author Mo Hayder. The Treatment is the second volume in the series which follows English detective Jack Caffrey. See more »

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Film is not developed under a red light in a dark room, as shown. The chemicals are too sensitive to light, and exposing it to even a tiny bit of light will fog the picture. The film is placed in a light sealed canister, either under total darkness or using a special light sealed handling bag, that allows chemicals to be added and removed without exposing the film to light. Film paper onto which a picture has been projected is, however, developed as shown. See more »

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Roland Claeren: [Repeated line] I need it for the treatment... I NEED IT FOR MY TREATMENT
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Very dark and expertly handled Belgian mystery-thriller
1 March 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

The Treatment is a psychologically intense mystery-thriller directed by Hans Herbot. Unusually, it's a Belgian adaption of a British crime novel. Although it is from the Low Countries, it follows very much in the style of Scandinavian noir. It's a pretty uncompromisingly bleak, tense and very dark story that focuses on very troubling subject matter. A police detective is still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his brother who was suspected of being a victim of a local paedophile. He is thrust into the middle of a new case involving another child abuser whose modus operandi is house invasions of families with a mother, father and young boy. He inflicts particularly horrible perverted actions on his victims, the detective wonders seriously if both stories are linked in some way.

It's quite rare for a film, far less a thriller, to focus on the very unpleasant subject matter of child abuse and paedophiles. The Treatment, therefore, walks a very fine line between being explicit yet stopping short of being exploitative. It's a path that it navigates very successfully though, for this is certainly a disturbing movie that shows enough to make the viewer very uncomfortable, yet knows how to do this without going too far. The mystery itself is layered and deep and draws you in further and further. Things are slowly revealed in sometimes unexpected ways. It wouldn't be right to reveal too much about the plot here, as the best way to approach this one is with as little prior knowledge as possible. It's helped considerably by some very strong acting, in some roles that could not have been easy and would have required some real skill. It is not a film that is going to be for everyone though, as despite the careful treatment it is still very grim stuff on the whole. But for those who like dark thrillers and especially ones who appreciate the northern European variety, this is a keeper.


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