Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Below are the remarks from the January 21, 2020 “Off the Couch” viewing of Portrait of a Lady on Fire with Igor Weinberg, PhD, psychotherapy student member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. “France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under...

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Little Women

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

“In the years after the Civil War, Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) lives in New York and makes her living as a writer, while her sister Amy (Florence Pugh) studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected. Their oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together.” Below are the...

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The Report: A Depiction of Trauma and Othering after September 11, 2001

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Below are the remarks from the November 19, 2019 “Off the Couch” viewing of The Report with Benjamin Herbstman, MD, MHS, Member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. The Report is a riveting thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss, Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to...

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Joker: When Hope for a Better Future Dies

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History

Below are the remarks from the October 15, 2019 “Off the Couch” viewing of Joker with Alistair McKnight, PsyaD, LMHC, a Psychoanalyst Member at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Alistair McKnight is on the faculty of the Psychotherapy Training Program. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. Warner Bros. Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix)...

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BPSI Off the Couch: The Sense of an Ending

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Below are the remarks from the March 21, 2017 “Off the Couch” viewing of The Sense of an Ending with Mary Anderson, PhD, MTS, MFA, Member of BPSI. “Off the Couch” is part of a decades-long collaboration between The Coolidge Cinema and BPSI. Tony Webster leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating...

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Screenagers and Library 3.13

Posted in Arts at BPSI, History, Library Corner, Social Awareness

Olga Umansky, librarian of the Hanns Sachs Library at BPSI. Her remarks below originally appeared in the Fall-Winter 2018 issue of the BPSI Bulletin, which can be read here. “What is the right age to get a smartphone?” “Can I take her phone away? It is my phone, after all!” “What amount of screen time is OK? How do we know if their brains can handle it?” “How can my child not use a phone in school? The homework assignments are actually on the...

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