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Special Treatment

Though Isabelle Huppert has played prostitutes throughout her career, she's always seemed too uptight to be completely believable as one, which poses a problem in this French comic drama (2010). Director Jeanne Labrune casts her as yet another icy-but-vulnerable character with a carnal side, in this case a high-end call girl who's considering psychoanalysis; the inevitable humiliation—an integral component of the Huppert formula—is staged at a mental hospital. The hooker's opposite number is a befuddled, well-meaning psychoanalyst (Bouli Lanners) who engages her professionally, and though the parallels drawn between therapy and prostitution grow tiresome, the duo's interaction is peppered with inspired comedic moments. Richard Debuisne, a key collaborator of Jean-Luc Godard during the 1980s, cowrote the screenplay and appears as a principled psychiatrist. In French with subtitles.

Credits

Director:

  • Jeanne Labrune

Cast:

  • Isabelle Huppert
  • Bouli Lanners
  • Richard Debuisne
  • Valerie Dreville
  • Mathieu Carrière
  • Sabila Moussadek

Producers:

  • Jani Thiltges
  • Serge Zeitoun

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