Special Treatment
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In this darkly erotic drama from cult filmmaker Jeanne Labrune, Isabelle Huppert stars as a high-class prostitute named Alice who serves up sexual fantasies for her clientele, from schoolgirl innocence to S&M. Fed up with the seamy underbelly of French masculinity, Alice crosses paths with Xavier, a neurotic psychoanalyst facing a marriage crisis. The two quickly realize their professions share a thing or two in common as they navigate the overlapping worlds of psychotherapy and sex therapy. -- (C) First Run Features

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though the parallels drawn between therapy and prostitution grow tiresome, the duo's interaction is peppered with inspired comedic moments."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Reader
"It isn't a lightweight erotic romp at all, but a complicated and delicate two-person odyssey that's much richer and subtler than that."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Isabelle Huppert has a sly technique and endlessly fascinating face, but this initially intriguing drama abandons darker overtones for rather wan interpersonal revelations."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"Huppert's performance is strong and Labrune's previous films show she's not without talent. You wish she hadn't so stubbornly adhered to one tiresome idea."
‑ John Blahnik, New York Press
"The tag line for the advertising campaign is bold: 'A film that dares to tell the truth about women.' I, unfortunately, missed whatever truth that was."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"At the end, there is no great revelation, but Huppert has succeeded once again in making us wonder what's going on in there."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As clichés trot through their sessions - it's like "In Treatment" as bedroom farce - we check out. Huppert, though, is as fearless as ever."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A dramatically inert and poorly acted French film."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A curious cross of sex therapy and psychotherapy where nobody spends much time in bed or on the couch."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"The cast manage to make the film engaging to some extent, although it becomes less and less interesting"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Complex, compassionate and endlessly illuminating..."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"To put it plainly, Ms. Huppert, now 58, is too old for the part. The spectacle of Ms. Huppert, the epitome of adult self-possession, impersonating a schoolgirl is grotesquely amusing."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"This solemn, unsexy France/Belgium/Luxembourg co-production...takes mean swipes at both psychotherapy and male sexuality, but fortunately seems most determined to give star Isabelle Huppert another well-deserved showcase for her versatility."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Despite its flaws, Jeanne Labrune's Special Treatment is surprisingly atmospheric at times."
‑ Michael Nordine, Slant Magazine
"Huppert is always a welcome presence on screen and while strong performances give the film weight, they cannot rescue the journey as the narrative dips in and out of credibility"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
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