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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.
        Marc Lacroix is a psychiatrist, a student of the brain, with a rocky marriage, a mistress, and a ten-year-old son. He also has a secret laboratory where he's built a machine he thinks will allow him to penetrate the mind of any person hooked up to the machine with him. He tests it with Zyto, a psychopath who has killed three women. The machine fails and exchanges the men's brains. Zyto passes himself off as Marc, and Marc (now in Zyto's body) escapes from the asylum to the flat of his mistress. She tries to warn Marc's wife, exposing herself to Zyto. All are now in grave danger. Can Lacroix find a way to get Zyto back to the machine before irreversible damage is done?

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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.