DVD De Behandeling

DVD De Behandeling
DVD De Behandeling

Run time: 125 min
Rating: 7.2
Genres: Thriller
Director: Hans Herbots
Writers: Mo Hayder, Carl Joos
Stars: Geert Van Rampelberg, Ina Geerts, Johan van Assche
Storyline
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
Details:
Country: Belgium
Release Date: 29 January 2014 (Belgium)

4 Comments

  1. One of the best and most intense movies I have seen in a long time.

    Martyrs (2008) comes to mind but this is much less gory and more psychological but probably as many twists and turns. Funny Games (1997) and its excellent remake also come to mind. The story develops gracefully, which is an odd word to use for a movie like this but I think the writing, the acting and the pace developed a flow that kept me along for the ride the entire time. It kept me guessing and thinking and I love movies that can do that for me. It is very disturbing subject matter so be warned. Not everyone will like this or even be able to watch it. It is not "literally" graphic but it is very emotionally graphic. I would like to only recommend this movie to those who enjoy dark films but this is such a well made movie I feel it deserves a larger audience. Just great cinema if you can challenge yourself to get past the subject matter. Strap in and go along for the ride. For me, it was one of those movies that I literally said "WOW" when the credits rolled.

  2. The Treatment (De Behandeling) is an exceptionally well done film. It has a very tense plot, is well directed and will keep you on the edge of your seats. So, technically speaking I have no real problems with this Belgian thriller. However, the subject matter is so distasteful and so disturbing you should think twice before going to see this police film.

    Nick Cafmeyer (Geert Van Rampelberg) is a wounded and traumatized man. Many years ago, when he was quite young, he saw his brother abducted and the kid was never seen again. Not surprisingly, when Nick grew up he became a cop and investigated cases that sometimes reminded him of his brother—particularly cases involving pedophiles. Additionally, the man that the police think did it couldn't be jailed because they didn't have enough evidence—and the suspect would keep terrorizing Nick—showing up near his house even years later. The sick freak would not break the law in each case—just let Nick know that he was there.

    A new case comes along that is very, very sick and disturbing. It also has a lot of common traits to Nick's brother's disappearance and Nick is intent on catching the guy once and for all, as he assumes it's the same man in both cases. However, in a twist, the guy who everyone assumed killed Nick's brother kills himself in a VERY vivid manner partway through the film and he is obviously NOT the guy doing the current sick crimes. What are these sick sex offenses involving children? Well, part of me thinks I should just tell you because I can guarantee when many learn the twist they WON'T want to see the film! Suffice to say, the case is much, much, much, MUCH sicker than any I've ever seen on the television show "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"!

    Because the crime is very, very disturbing and because so much of the film is ultra-violent and realistic, I am once again warning viewers. If you have been a victim of sexual or physical abuse, you really should consider watching ANYTHING else—as much of the film is like watching a pedophile at work—including tormenting his victims. I am not necessarily saying it's too graphic—but it is VERY graphic and very intense and might very likely elicit Post-Trauamatic Stress reactions in viewers, as it might remind them of their own victimization. I think I know what I am talking about here, as I used to be a psychotherapist who worked with victims of sexual abuse.

    Now if you can stomach the film, it IS exceptionally well made. The film is incredibly creative and the twists come as HUGE surprises. Additionally, Nick's character is wonderful and Rampelberg's acting is exceptional—as he plays a walking wounded man who has so much pain and rage he needs to work out while STILL investigating horrific crimes. Overall, it's a very original and fascinating film but one that is frankly bound to be a painful viewing experience for many.

  3. "Detective Nick Cafmeyer has the looks, is smart and makes career within the Belgian Police. But there's a dark shadow over his life and relationships. Nick struggles since his 9th with the unsolved disappearance of his brother Bjorn, last seen when walking next to known pedophile Ivan Plettinckx. A new pedophile and homicide case of a 9 year old boy makes Nick suspect that there is a connection between the new offense and the old case of the disappearance of his brother. He takes the lead in a thrilling manhunt for an elusive pedophile."

    The film may be a particularly touching, but also sophisticated crime thriller in line with other Belgian (or anyway Flemish) suspense like 'De zaak Alzheimer' (The Alzheimer Case), 'Loft' and 'De indringer'. Although the storyline of 'De behandeling' is layered and quite complicated, the director succeeds in holding the viewer's attention. The actors play their roles very realistic and with a lot of emotions. The atmosphere of the movie is dark and grimy with controversial subjects and although the content is never too explicit, it don't takes long to arose a sense of horror.

    Horror is also to be found in the appearance of the villain. Nicknamed 'De Trol' (The Troll), the movie has a villain that can meet up with frightful Hollywood Villains like 'Se7en' 's John Doe. Overall, I can recommend 'De behandeling' to whom likes dark, almost horror-like crime thrillers. Just do not expect it to be an easy going popcorn movie.

  4. De Behandeling – de film or The Treatment. A very dark story, but this is another of those stories that humanity needs to tell, and is helping to shine light in those dark places.

    Here we have a very determined police detective who has a very disturbing past of his own with the kidnapping of his brother when they were both kids, and the fact that the man he has always been so certain took him still taunts him up to this day. Well with all of that going on there is a pedophile loose in the countryside who is earning the name "Troll" creeping around on rooftops, and in trees. This is a very deep mystery with a very descriptive story that has been filmed extremely well, and acted to perfection by a cast who truly feel like they are all in on this together, or really want to be. Very well acted indeed there are times when the lead character of Nick played by Geert Van Rampelberg is manic, and so out of his head that he can not think, or act correctly, and this was handled so well.

    The evil in the story is as deep as say an episode of Criminal Minds, only taken to the farthest extreme. This is not a knock in any way, but I felt that this could have easily been one of those fantastic 3 part series that are coming out of the UK, and Europe lately it is the way it is filmed, and the rural feeling of it all that makes it feel that way for me. I Enjoyed this movie a lot, it was very creepy, and I yelled at the screen quite often hoping that Nick would hear me, and focus on the right things, but whether he did or not I was still rewarded by the experience, and his ultimate choices.

    I recommend this to mature adults who understand movies, and reality are not the same, but sometimes we need to look into the mirrors that they provide, and improve ourselves accordingly, oh, and to suspense filled drama lovers. Just be warned, it is dark disturbing stuff.

    Jesse of http://www.Jesse.ca

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