DVD Release: Special Treatment

DVD Release Date: Jan. 17, 2012
Price: DVD $27.95
Studio: First Run Features

Special Treatment movie scene

Isabelle Huppert puts herself together in Special Treatment.

The always-game Isabelle Huppert (White Material) stars in the 2010 French erotic comedy-drama Special Treatment from cult filmmaker Jeanne Labrune (Special Delivery).

Huppert portrays 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 (Bouli Lanners, A Very Long Engagement), 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.

Following its rollout to theaters and festivals in Europe and Asia, Special Treatment received a limited theatrical release in the U.S. in August 2011. The movie received so-so reviews, though Ms. Huppert was generally lauded for her acting efforts.

Presented in French with English subtitles, the DVD of the film includes a Q&A with director Labrune as well as a filmmaker bio.

Here’s the movie’s rather titillating trailer:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.