The Treatment

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.


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  • ★★★★½ review by bree1981 on Letterboxd

    Glasgow Frightfest 2015

    Dark and at times disturbing Belgian thriller. This combines the plots of two books by British author Mo Hayder, Birdman and The Treatment to great effect and creates a tension filled movie along the lines of David Fincher's Seven or Denis Villenenve's Prisoners. The largely unknow cast put in terrifically layered performances with Geert Van Rampelberg being the standout as the tormented cop at the center of the story.

    This movie touches on some real dark subject matter so may not be for everyone however i don't think it ever over steps the mark and while it can get fairly graphic all of what is shown is needed for the story.

    The movie is a difficult watch at times but for fans of psychological thrillers that keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat this is must watch.

  • ★★★½ review by Gavin on Letterboxd

    "Soon you will know the absolute truth. God bless us all."

    This is a great movie about utterly terrible things. Probably the darkest subject matter of the year and definitely one of those movies you tell other people to watch just to ruin their day.

  • ★★★½ review by Iain Dickie on Letterboxd

    Bleak as a Glasgow winter morning, but in all a good who dunnit.

  • ★★★★ review by Garry McConnachie on Letterboxd

    A film that challenges the viewer and manages to tread a fine line without every tipping over into offensiveness or exploitation.

    The story of a cop who, as a child, experienced the trauma of his brother being taken by a pedophile. In the present day he begins investigating the disappearance of another child with similarities.

    What unfolds is a provocative, shocking and incredibly bleak whodunnit. A couple of needless plot developments prevent The Treatment from being perfect, but this is vital cinema that takes a sensitive subject and throws the audience into the middle of it.

  • ★★★★★ review by Tom Ward on Letterboxd

    Part of Glasgow FrightFest 2015.

    Film of the weekend. A great film about an incredibly difficult subject matter. Truly not for everyone and I imagine it will cause a lot of polarising opinions but for my money, it's a terrific piece of cinema.

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