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The Treatment

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The Treatment

Hans Herbots (2014)

125min
18 Certificate
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Review

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Nordic noir turns frighteningly Flemish in this harrowing gut-wrencher based on the thriller by British author Mo Hayder, expertly relocated to Belgium. Haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother in childhood, for which a known sex offender was released due to insufficient evidence, Inspector Nick Cafmeyer (Geert Van Rampelberg) - DI Jack Caffery in Hayder's novels - faces further anguish investigating a similar case that involves another missing juvenile. Make no mistake, the intense nature of the crimes concerned proves disturbing (which delayed the certification and release of this sizeable Euro-hit in the UK). But director Hans Herbots approaches the devastating and emotionally jarring issues in the gritty story with sensitivity, not softening any of the horrific elements to lay bare the darkest sides of humanity. The final reveal is quite something, too, in what is a bleak, uncompromising look into the brutal death of innocence.

Summary

Police inspector Nick Cafmeyer investigates the abduction of a 10-year-old boy and the horrific ordeal the perpetrator inflicted upon the boy's parents while snatching their son. As events unfold, he begins to suspect the crime could be connected to the disappearance of his own brother, who was taken from his family at a similar age and never seen again. Belgian thriller, starring Geert Van Rampelberg. In Flemish.

Cast & Crew

Nick Cafmeyer Geert Van Rampelberg
Danni Petit Ina Geerts
Ivan Plettinckx Johan van Assche
Steffi Vankerkhove Laura Verlinden
Hans Vankerkhove Roel Swanenberg
Joff Vankerkhove Kyan Steverlynck
Roland Claeren Dominique Van Malder
Chris Gommaer Michael Vergauwen
Nancy Lammers Ingrid De Vos
Iris Kryotos Circé Lethem
Director Hans Herbots
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Other Information

Language: Flemish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Peccadillo Pictures Guidance: Violence, swearing, sexual abuse references. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 21 Aug 2015

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