The extension program at Concordia
of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (Quebec English branch) will screen
four excellent films, each followed by a critical presentation from a
psychoanalytic perspective. All the films have been nominated for or have
won important film awards or been on several years 10 best
lists. The films will be shown in their original versions with English
Friday, November 3, 8:15 p.m, Room H-415: Rosetta (1999)
directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Belgium). A young woman stubbornly
tries to achieve her idea of a normal life while handling
the burden of taking care of her alcoholic mother. Presenter: Dushyant
Friday, November 10, 8:15 p.m, Room H-415: Being John Malkovitch
(1999) directed by Spike Jonze. This surprising film raises complex questions
about relationships and identity, such as: what would it feel like to
be living in someone elses body? Who do I see in someones
eyes? Who is seen when others look in my eyes? Am I ever seen by others
as myself? Presenter: Martin Gauthier, M.D.
Friday, November 17, 8:15 p.m, Room H-415: Kolya (1996),
directed by Jan Sverak (Czech Republic). Is fatherhood a wonderful passage
into manhood or the beginning of the end of a mans own childhood
or a commitment forged out of love? Presenter: Oscar Grossman, M.Ed.
Friday, November 24, 8:15 p.m, Room H-415: The Piano (1993)
directed by Jane Campion. This haunting, complex film, set in a wet and
desolate 19th-century New Zealand, is full of interesting characters and
relationships that lend themselves to psychoanalytic discussion: a woman
who is an elective mute and is obsessed with her piano, an enmeshed child
burdened with having to be her mothers voice, an emotionally constricted
stepfather, etc. Presenter: Elaine Liverman, M.S.W.
Friday, December 1, 8:15 p.m, Room H-415: The Harry Potter Phenomenon.
The Sorcerers Apprentice Redeemed. J. K. Rowlings Harry
Potter novels stand squarely in the tradition of British childrens
literature and clearly illustrate certain fundamental psychological themes
that can be traced back to Dickens. With emphasis on Harry Potter and
the Philosophers Stone, the first in the series of four Potter books
published so far, we will explore the literary, biographical, and social
aspects of Potter-mania from a psychoanalytic point of view. Presenter:
Charles Levin, PhD.
Free admission, but a donation would be appreciated to cover operating