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La Machine

Machine, La (1994) Movie Poster
France / Germany  •    •  96m  •    •  Directed by: François Dupeyron.  •  Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Didier Bourdon, Natalia Wörner, Erwan Baynaud, Claude Berri, Marc Andréoni, Alain Azerot, Wilfred Benaïche, Christian Bujeau, Julie Depardieu, Patty Hannock, Arsène Jiroyan.  •  Music by: Michel Portal.
        The psychiatrist Marc Laxroix is a studious scientist of the brains of criminals. He has an unhappy and loveless marriage with his wife Marie Lacroix and they have a boy, Léonard Lacroix. Marc has also a mistress, Marianne, who is also his confidante. Marc has secretly built a machine to study the mind of a person to another one in his old house, but he has not tested it yet, and Marianne is the only person who knows. When the serial-killer Michel Zyto is sentenced to life in the institution where Marc works, he decides to study the mind of the psychopath. Then he brings Zyto to use the machine and their minds are exchanged. When Marc asks Zyto to press a green button to restore their minds, Zyto refuses and uses Marc's body to lock up Marc trapped in his body in the institution. Further, he goes to Marc's house to stay with his family. Will Marc retrieve his body?

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I really hate to admit this but "La Machine" has got a certain place in my all time greatest French movies top 10. (Same list includes remarkable classics from beloved "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des sources" to notorious "Dobermann".) "La Machine" may just be a laughingstock to anyone who appreciates an intelligent entertainment we normally expect to get from film industry of France. It's an undervalued movie. I like it, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Plot is ridiculous but still, very effective and it totally grips the viewer to it's powerful hold and doesn't let go until the end credits breaks the excitement one can't help of having. Gérard Depardieu - who is without a moment of doubt one of the finest European actors ever - is (once again) the engine that keeps this movie rolling. His unshakable and stylish performance in the leading role is just fabulous. Great film, that's all there is to is.

Couple of years later John Woo directed a fantastic little masterpiece called "Faceoff" in Hollywood. Pay attention to the obvious resemblance.


Review by Mika Pykäläaho from the Internet Movie Database.