AKA: De Behandeling
Directed by: Hans Herbots
Starring: Geert Van Rampelberg (Nick), Ina Geerts (Danni), Michael Vergauwen (Gommaer)
Country: Belgium; Effed Up Belgian Movies; Effed Up European Cinema
Language: Dutch (English Subs); Effed Up Dutch Cinema
Genres: Detective, Captivity, Old-Young, Pissing
Plot – Spoilers:
A couple are found chained and held captive in their home. Their kid is missing and everything points to a serial pedophile having terrorized the family. Chief Inspector Nick Cafmeyer has a tormented interest in the case as his kid brother was abducted by a pedo and never found. The prime suspect from back then was released for lack of evidence and now regularly writes taunting perverse letters to Nick to mess with his head.
Nick’s investigations lead to the bizarre, with local kids describing the presence of a troll peering at them through their windows at night. The crime site also has weird graffiti about female hormones and copious amounts of human piss that makes Nick wonder what or who he’s up against.
The Treatment is bleak in its mood and settings and reminiscent of Se7en, but is a taut thriller that holds its own across a couple of hours.