Empathy

Director Amie Siegel blends fiction with various documentary forms in this uneven but intriguing deconstruction of psychoanalysis (2003). The nonfictional elements of the film work best, especially the interviews with four male analysts, who give away more than they intend under Siegel's pointed questioning, often with funny results. There are also two delightfully quirky digressions into the relationship of psychoanalysis to architecture and the Eames chair. The dramatized segments, while conceptually interesting, are awkwardly executed and shed less light on the film's central questions about the role of narratives in shaping human personalities and relationships. The movie is nicely shot by Siegel's coproducer, Mark Rance. 96 min.

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