Special Treatment

Synopsis: 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
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jeanne Labrune
Production: First Run Features
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min



No more for lottery tickets.

Old lecher. He spends

it all on women.

Stop! Stop!

Steve, stop the smoke!

You're on the rails too long.

Somebody could have saved you.

No one even tried

when I wanted to kill myself.

The train simply stopped.

- Yes, in real life.

The sound of a train draws me

to the tracks, and...

If she misses her cue,

that's all right.

But why are you throwing

out so much smoke!

We are choking.

- The valve's broken.

We'll rehearse the show

after dinner.

This was our therapeutic


But we must help

other alcoholics.

This outing is your test

in the real world,

full of temptations.

I hope you won't let me down

and that there won't be any


I want us to part as friends at

the end of this treatment.

Sorry to disturb you.

We have an emergency.

Wait for me.

I'll be right back.

Who is on duty? - The

doctor on duty went out.

What happened?

- Alcohol, smuggled in.


Ljuba Tadic



What happened to you?

- I got drunk, Doctor.

What's the blood pressure?

- 90 over 60.

Very, very low.

Like that... stretch.

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Where are you off to?

- Off to get drunk.

He was only joking.

- Don't make such jokes.

I don't want my

treatment prolonged.

We are taking our show

on the road.

We are spreading the


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Your colleagues are

all against you.

Professor, I'll prove

them wrong.

My patients will not fail me,

regardless of the temptations.

They know that this tour is the

end of their cure

and that their release

depends on it.

I understand, but...

- Our patients will aid society,

and won't be outcasts. They

won't feel rejected.

One day, they'll lead others

along the right path.

You know best what harm

alcohol brings.

Alright, I'm not against you.

I backed you up at the meeting.

Do you want a policeman to

come along? - No way!

Let them get used to freedom.

- Please be very careful.

We can't afford bad


This hospital is for

compulsory treatment.

He's dragging his son

along again.

Don't you like kids?

- Only boiled or fried.

The child is motherless.

- Hush! Be quiet.

Farewell and please

take care.

Where are your things?

- In the bus.

Are you ready?

- Yes.

Get in.

Can the boy sit

with me? - Yes.

Miss Jelena, read me

Red Riding Hood.

Of course, Dejan.

Thirty years gone by

Thirty years of folly

I don't give a damn

My future will be jolly.

Not those saloon songs.

This scenery deserves

something glorious.

Snack time! Marko,

pass the apples.

Apples are therapeutic.

Steve, stop here.

Now, walk.

Now, jog.

Now, fly like a bird,

like a bird.

Let's order. Mila?

- Mineral water.

Mineral water.

- Mineral water.

Mineral water.

- S-s-same.

I'll settle for anything.

- Be serious.

Juice for my son and

a beer for me.

Let's have a little chat.

Alright, I ordered beer, and you

didn't. Tell me why?

Because we are alcoholics...


Without the will-power

to resist alcohol.

What do you think, Mila?

- Well, I think... well...

If we ordered one beer, then we

would want a 2nd and a 3rd.

And many more.


B-b-basically we have

no will-power.

Why do we always refer to the

concept of will? Rade?

You taught us that

a backbone is... is...

That a strong will is the

backbone of man's character.

That's what you taught us.

Daddy, I have to poo poo.

Waiter, come here.

Bring us the pig from the spit

and don't carve it.

Bring it in one peace.

As you ordered.

O.K. Let's make a wager.

If I don't eat the whole pig,

I'll lose the bet.

But, if I do, you'll

lose the bet

and carry me home on

your hands. - O.K.

Folks, I could eat half the

pig. - Don't be silly.

Wanna bet?

- You're pigs!

Use your own mind.

Don't be the Doctor's parrot.

Suckling pig's are a delicacy,

you f***ing driver.

Don't insult me or I'll

kill you. - Just try.

You think you're better than us?

- Just look at yourselves.

Railway whore, failed actor,

whorehouse musician.

And you lottery hustler.

Compared to you I'm a gentleman.

Funny, we never noticed.

- I was and will be a chauffeur.

Do you want this beer here as

well? - Take it to the table.

In this heat, nothing's better

than mineral water. - True!

Excuse me, may I go to

the toilet? - Yes.

Bill, please.

You haven't touched

your beer.

Enjoy yourselves.

And always remember:

Everything that's beautiful

was created by nature.

Mountains, rivers and

forests? - Yes, everything.

Birds too?

- Birds too.

But you taught me we

originate from monkeys.

Yes I did and it's

the truth.

Move it closer. Doctor, do you

want to be in the picture?

But, I do.

Closer please.

Let me drink to drown

my sorrow.

My heart aches,

it longs to break.

Inhale deeply.


Don't hesitate!

Shout! Come on...

Now, all together. Man

must let himself go.

In France, every year alcohol

kills over 30 thousand people.

They drink twice as much

as the Germans,

three times more than the

English or Americans

and four times more than the

Swedes and Danes.

How do we rank?

- They didn't mention us.

Because they can't beat us.

- Yes, especially you.

Who are you looking for?

- Cultural deputy. - Katya?

They rang from the hospital to

say that you are on your way.

Many lecturers don't keep

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