Victims of Terror: A Pill to Forget

Imagine if there was a simple pill that could erase your worst memories… Sounds like Science-Fiction right? Well, this could very soon be reality. After the terrorist attacks in France in November 2015, the public hospital system of Paris (AP-HP) decided to put a revolutionary idea to the test – that of a Canadian researcher claiming to have found the miracle cure for getting rid of ‘bad memories.’

A team from France 2 gained exclusive access to follow all the stages of this unique clinical trial in which 200 patients, all victims of posttraumatic stress disorder, took part. Victims like Lou who lived through the horror at the Bataclan on 13th November 2015, Max who watched as a helpless stranger died in his arms outside La Bonne Bière bar, and Emanuelle who only just escaped the mad lorry that devastated Nice’s promenade des Anglais on 14th July 2016.

These three victims, emotionally overwhelmed with the memories of such extreme violence, accepted to be filmed for the 6 weeks of their treatment. Will the trauma disappear from their memory? Will they be freed of their anxiety and nightmares? Will they manage to get their normal lives back?


  • Year: 2017
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: France 2
  • Director: Perrine Bonnet, Matthieu Rénier, Benoît Sauvage
  • Available Versions: FRA
  • Country of production: France

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