Special Treatment

Special Treatment  {Sans queue ni tête}
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Special Treatment
Sans queue ni tête
France, 2010, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Luxembourg / Belgium
US Premiere
Topic: Drama
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Drawing some intriguing parallels between the work of the prostitute and that of the psychiatrist—both have clients, both charge for sessions, both take on roles that serve the needs, psychological or otherwise, of those they serve, Jeanne Labrune’s drama stars Isabelle Huppert and Bouli Lanners as, respectively, Alice, a disaffected call girl and Xavier, a shrink with a crumbling domestic situation. With sex more talked about than shown, the film is filled with pointed dialogue and double entendres

A drama of this nature naturally relies heavily on the actors and both leads are more than up to the task at hand. Huppert—sporting a Louise Brooks-style black wig—is startling in her matter-of-factness regarding her profession, while Lanners reveals a vulnerability that suggests he is as much in need of help as the clients he counsels. In the end, Labrune’s dissection of bourgeois mores seems both uniquely French and universal at the same time.

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DIRECTOR: Jeanne Labrune
Producer: Jani Thiltges
Editor: Anja Lüdcke
Screenwriter: Jeanne Labrune, Richard Debuisne
Cinematographer: Virginie Saint-Martin
Music: Andre Mergenthaler
Principal Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Bouli Lanners, Richard Debuisne,
Filmography: Vatel (2000), Sans Un Cri (1992), De Sable et de sang (1988), La Part de l’autre (1985)
Print Source: Films Boutique - www.filmsboutique.com

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