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Psychoanalysis and Films 2016 Thursdays in August at 7:00 pm

posted May 21, 2016, 8:37 AM by Houston Psychoanalytic Society   [ updated Jun 26, 2016, 4:56 PM by Crissy Nolen ]

Mark Your Calendars! 

Psychoanalytic experts present film of particular interest to anyone with a psychological bent. The series examines films through the lens of psychoanalysis, with speakers from The Houston Psychoanalytic Society and The Jung Center.                    
 No Admission Fee
The Jung Center of Houston,   
5200 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

 Happy Hour Social - 6:00 pm
August 4, 2016
Room (2015) 
  There are spaces too small in every life. We live inside these spaces and fill them with meaning. But, if we are lucky enough and brave enough, 
  we escape. The power of Room is more than the mother/son relationship, the fantastic acting, and spellbinding book it draws from. As Ma creates   a life for Jack within four walls, we are plunged into awareness of the differences between internal and external freedom. Walls provide an odd       safety, but shrink possibilities. And while there is great risk, pain, and uncertainty moving from inside to outside, Jack's clear-eyed appraisal
  shows us what it takes to leave walls behind, as well as what those walls gave to him.
  Gretchen Heyer, MDiv, PhD, LPC, is a writer, Jungian analyst, and past president of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society. Her most recent   
  publications are in the Journal of Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalytic Perspectives.
August 11, 2016
Ex Machina (2015)

What makes humans human? The age-old question becomes more relevant as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes closer to becoming a reality. Ex Machina evokes psychoanalytic, social, and practical human concerns about artificial intelligence and raises ethical questions, especially when/if robots become sentient. The film was nominated for several awards and won an Oscar for visual effects this year.  Alicia Vikander is superb in her portrayal of the robot Ava.
Donna Copeland, PhD, is a retired clinical psychologist whose primary occupation currently is as film reviewer and feature writer for the online magazine, Texas Art and Film ( She recently attended the Austin and South by Southwest Film Festivals in Austin, Texas.

August 18, 2016
45 Years  (2015)

 45 Years is a brilliant portrayal of the complexities of love, memory, loyalty, and loss in a long-term marriage. More than any film in recent history,
 it depicts the tension between the shared life lived and the internal lives that remain unknown. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as the  British couple preparing to celebrate their 45th anniversary. Rampling was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. 
 Ellen Safier, LMSW-ACP is a social worker and family therapist in private practice. She is adjunct faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in the  Department of Psychiatry and at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is also a consultant in family therapy at the Menninger Clinic. She  has a  special interest in work with couples.
 August 25, 2016
The Station Agent (2003)

  When his only friend dies and bequeaths him a train depot, a railroad enthusiast born with dwarfism (Peter Dinklage) moves to rural
  New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor (Bobby Cannavale) and a woman dealing with her own 
  personal defeat (Patricia Clarkson). This film explores love, loss, friendship, and the messiness of life that can nevertheless 
  inspire the human spirit.
  Virginia Angel, JD, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Houston. She received her master's degree in counseling psychology     from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a Diploma Candidate at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich.