Empathy

  • Thur Feb 19
    4:45
    free
Empathy

free admission

director:
Amie Siegel
cast:
Gigi Buffington, Dr. David Solomon, Aria Knee

Whether or not you believe that “Psychoanalysis is the mental illness it purports to cure,” you will be tickled by this inventive doc-mockumentary about the vicissitudes of psychoanalysis from Amie Siegel. Interviews with real analysts are interspersed with the fictional story of Lia, a voice-over actress who, in between sessions on the couch, narrates a film-within-the-film about analysts and their obsession with modern design. An intriguing deconstruction of psychoanalysis and filmmaking, Empathy raises playful and provocative questions about trust, power, and understanding. “Rife with provocative symptoms, Amie Siegel’s seriously playful essay on the art and craft of psychoanalysis is blatantly several films in one-psychological melodrama, historical essay, and shrink vérité.” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice)

website: amiesiegel.net

format
35mm color
runtime
1 hour 32 minutes
release year/country
2003 USA