EN - Inspector Nick Cafmeyer seems to have it all - looks, brains and a successful career. But a dark cloud hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother, Bjorn. Plettinckx, a known sex offender, was questioned but quickly released. Plettinckx lives close by and takes fiendish pleasure in harassing Nick. Then, when a disturbing case comes to light involving a missing nine-year-old, Nick heads a massive search which turns into a relentless manhunt.

NL - Rechercheur Nick Cafmeyer heeft de looks, is slim en maakt carrière. Maar er hangt een zware schaduw over zijn leven en relaties. Nick worstelt sinds zijn 9de met de onopgeloste verdwijning van zijn broertje Bjorn. Op aanwijzen van de kleine Nick is zijn buurman Plettinckx, een zedendelinquent, toen verhoord en weer vrijgelaten. Plettinckx woont na al die jaren nog steeds in dezelfde buurt als Nick en schept er genoegen in om hem te tergen. Het blijft op Nick wegen. De enige vrouw die op de hoogte is van dit drama uit zijn verleden, is zijn chef, Danni. Ze aarzelt om Nick te betrekken bij een nieuwe onrustwekkende zaak : een koppel is 3 dagen vastgehouden door een indringer. Van hun 9-jarig zoontje Robin en de dader ontbreekt elk spoor. Nick neemt de leiding in een adembenemende klopjacht.

FR - La policier Nick Cafmeyer semble avoir tout pour lui : le look, l'intelligence, une belle carrière. Pourtant, une ombre lourde pèse sur sa vie et ses relations. Depuis l'âge de neuf ans, Nick est hanté par la disparition non élucidée de son petit frère Bjorn. Suite au témoignage de Nick, Plettinckx, un voisin connu pour ses antécédents de délinquant sexuel,  a été interrogé mais bien vite libéré. Après toutes ces années, Plettinckx vit encore dans le même quartier que Nick et éprouve un plaisir malsain à le provoquer. La seule femme qui est au courant de ce drame du passé est sa supérieure, Danni. Elle hésite dès lors à lui confier une affaire pour le moins préoccupante : un couple a été séquestré pendant trois jours par un intrus. Leur fils Robin, âgé de neuf ans, a disparu. Nick se plonge corps et âme dans l'enquête. S'ensuit une véritable chasse à l'homme.


Title The Treatment
Original title De behandeling
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre thriller
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-01-19


Cast Geert Van Rampelberg, Ina Geerts, Johan Van Assche, Laura Verlinden, Roel Swanenberg, Ingrid De Vos, Dominique Van Malder, Michael Vergauwen, Circé Lethem, Brit Van Hoof, Tibo Vandenborre
Photography Frank Van den Eeden
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Sound Quentin Collette
Art director Johan Van Essche
Costume Nathalie Leborgne
Makeup Esther De Goey
Music Chrisnanne Wiegel, Melcher Meirmans, Kieran Klaassen

Technical specs

Running time film 127'
Release format DCP
Other available formats HDcam, Digibeta
Aspect ratio 1:2.35
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Screen Flanders, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, NFF, Wallimage, Bruxellimage, KFD, Telenet
Production partners Phanta Film


  • Romania, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Kosovo, Servia, Croatia, Slovakia, Macedonia, Moldavia: HBO
  • Austria, Germany, Luxemburg, Swiss: Vero Film
  • France: KMBO
  • United States: Artsploitation
  • United Kingdom, Ireland: Peccadillo
  • Latin-America: Borsalino

Audience Award for The Treatment in Zagreb

The Treatment, a thriller by Hans Herbots based on Mo Hayder’s best-selling crime novel, has won the Audience Award at Fantastic Zagreb. The fifth edition of the genre festival took place in the Croatian capital from June 26 to July 4.

The TreatmentAdapted for the screen by scriptwriter Carl Joos (The Broken Circle BreakdownThe Alzheimer Case), Herbots’s thriller follows inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a successful, good-looking policeman who seems to have it all. But, since the age of nine, Nick has been haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a disturbing kidnapping case comes to light, Nick heads the relentless manhunt that ensues.

Published on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Herbots’s The Treatment sold to the US

Hans Herbots’s psychological thriller The Treatment has been sold to the US, where Artsploitation Films will be releasing the film. Earlier this month, Herbots’s film was well received at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it had its North American premiere.

The TreatmentThe Treatment screened as part of the World Cinema Now section in Palm Springs, creating such a buzz that an extra venue had to be added for the second scheduled screening of the film. Following its successful festival launch, Artsploitation Films acquired North American rights. A distributor specialising in genre films, Artsploitation plans on releasing the film this year.

Published on Monday 19 January 2015

The Treatment, Waste Land and Cub selected for Austin Fantastic Fest

Hans Herbots’s The TreatmentWaste Land, directed by Pieter Van Hees, and Jonas Govaerts’s debut feature Cub are invited to Austin for the city’s Fantastic Fest (18-25 September). They are joined by three co-productions with Flanders: Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the animation special A Town Called Panic – The Christmas Log.

CubThe Treatment tells the story of Nick Cafmeyer, an intelligent but troubled police inspector who’s still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a nine-year-old boy goes missing, he takes the lead in the relentless manhunt that follows. Directed by Hans Herbots, the film is based on Mo Hayder’s crime novel.

Published on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Montreal World Film Fest takes Flanders’ treatment

The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal.

Bad HunterThe Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother.

Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

European Film Promotion presents The Treatment to North American buyers

Hans Herbots’s thriller The Treatment is one of six European films which will be screened for US buyers and industry professionals in New York at the end of the month. Newly founded Brussels-based sales agency Be For Films is representing Herbots’s feature internationally.

The TreatmentThe New York industry screenings are aimed at introducing new European films to North American buyers, focusing on pictures with significant festival chances and/or distribution potential. The private screenings take place at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York over a two-day period, with a sales representative of each film in attendance.

Published on Friday 13 June 2014

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