The Treatment is an expertly crafted mind-bender.

About the film:

The Treatment or originally “de Behandeling” is adapted from a serial novel by Mo Hayder with the help of screenwriter Carl Joos and beautifully directed by Hans Herbots.

The film opens with a flashback; two boys are walking alongside train track while a deep and melancholic voice reads letters aloud from a pedophile who claims to have kidnapped and killed one of the children. The letters are addressed to our main protagonist Nick Cafmeyer (Geert Van Rampelberg) and speak of his younger brother, now missing for 25 years. 

In the present, Nick, a detective, faced with a case where a mother and father are found brutally tortured and their son is missing. Nick’s determination to solve this case grows more and more personal as his pursuit of the truth borders on unhealthily obsessive. Could it be connected with his brother’s unsolved kidnapping?

The Treatment is an expertly crafted mind-bender. The film seems to taunt and toy with the audience’s anticipations and run it in circles to match our perplexity to Nick’s confusion. The cinematography and score are very effective in shaping the mood and aiding in the psychological effect of this film. It’s an intellectual piece and will definitely be enjoyed more by the audience who likes to think and not simply be guided by exposition. In fact, this film has very little exposition at all which is a precious attribute to have.

There are elements that were reminiscent of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, True Detective Season One, and Prisoners, perhaps most of all due to its brutally dark subject matter. Overall this picture is a very gritty and engaging story. You’ll be trying to follow along, often times drawing the same conclusions as the characters only to be proven wrong time and time again. Much like as in life, The Treatment leaves doesn’t simply hand us the answers.

The Treatment is a captivating and wholly original film adaptation of the most sinister persuasion. Evoking sentiments of unease and dread, it is unlike any American film and may be difficult for some to watch.