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Passage à l'acte (1996)

The story of a Parisian psychiatrist (Auteuil) who is treating a patient who confesses to having killed his wife. At first the psychiatrist lends little credence to his unusual client but ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Antoine Rivière
Patrick Timsit Patrick Timsit ... Edouard Berg
Anne Parillaud ... Isabelle
Michèle Laroque ... Florence
Marianne Denicourt ... Nathalie
Clotilde de Bayser Clotilde de Bayser ... Hélène
Jean-Michel Noirey Jean-Michel Noirey ... Guérin
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... Montagner
Anne-Marie Philipe Anne-Marie Philipe ... Rosine
Marc Chouppart Marc Chouppart ... Davenne
Florence Viala Florence Viala ... Nina
Aurélien Recoing
Pierre Amzallag Pierre Amzallag
Anthony Decadi Anthony Decadi ... Charles
Thierry de Carbonnières Thierry de Carbonnières
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The story of a Parisian psychiatrist (Auteuil) who is treating a patient who confesses to having killed his wife. At first the psychiatrist lends little credence to his unusual client but as events unfold he has to take him "dead" serious. Written by C. Picot <nstn1528@fox.nstn.ca>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 October 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in Therapy See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Incisive study of psychoanalysis and its dynamics
11 July 2000 | by Keltic-2See all my reviews

'Death in Therapy' is a rather engaging thriller in which a psychoanalyst, Dr Riviere, is drawn into an uncertain world of danger and violence as he attempts to determine whether his patient, Berg, is telling the truth when he announces in therapy that he murdered his wife and got away with it.

The narrative belies an understanding that the "patient" is not merely a passive object of analysis, but an actively engaged subject, and in the process of demonstrating the amount of control that Berg is able to exert over his analyst 'Death in Therapy' also makes some pointed observations with regards to the largely classificatory nature of psychiatry and its "professional detachment". To some extent, this point is underlined by Berg himself; in contrast, Riviere's other patients are seen as dull, neurotic, even comedic for Riviere.

An interesting film which raises many pertinent questions.


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