Mahler on the couch

Mahler on the couch

           Mahler on the couch
               Genre: Drama
               Music, composer, psychoanalysis, marital crisis
  Unbelievable but true: as the lover of a married woman sends an erotic letter – and addressed him by mistake to the husband. Greetings Sigmund Freud, one might say. But this one would have the complexity of the crazy marriage of Alma and Gustav Mahler and the triangle with the bumbling Lover not fair on the Felix and Percy Adlon made a wonderfully light, atmospheric film. The composer, conductor and opera director Gustav Mahler (John Schneider silver) was already 41 when he married in 1902, the 22-year-old Alma Schindler (Barbara novels). It is not only his great love, but also his music muse, mother of his children and empathetic conversationalist because she herself wanted to be a composer. For Alma Mahler are on their artistic ambitions. The composer with obsessional inclinations can not bear a “colleague instead of a woman to have”, as he himself puts it. Almost nine years, it creates the Alma hungry for life, to be merely the servant of a genius. Then she escapes into the arms of the 26-year old Walter Gropius (Friedrich Mücke) – later a world-renowned architect and founder of the “Bauhaus” movement. Gustav Mahler suffers from the adultery so much that he help of Sigmund Freud (Karl Markovic) searches, the founder of psychoanalysis. Some of this story is historically vouched that others have Felix and his father Percy Adlon (Out of Rosenheim thought). Especially in inventing the talks between Mahler and Freud, the filmmakers prove a masterful imagination and empathy. To you it’s obviously not how it was actually – that no one can know – but how could have been. Thus they tell a very modern history, with an interest in relation plaits, which are fed by current cognitive interests and personal issues. How does a woman to live their own career and also to love a father figure? As it gets out an artist to subordinate everything to the factory and at the same time to snuggle into the nest? And everything what has to happen before you look into the depths of his own soul? Mahler on the couch in psychoanalysis seriously and maintains both a refreshing distance. The exchange of blows between Mahler and Freud is one of the funniest, what the cinema has produced about this unconventional method of salvation art ever. But it makes them indirectly also a bit more understandable. Because the audience sees through the eyes of Freud, so to speak, as it reveals the mystery of the marriage by one. This means that neither the doctor nor soul, we know viewers what is happening there. We ask questions, go astray, make a fresh start and come gradually in depth, without ever claim to want to fathom the mystery for good. This is for the voltage drama a brilliant gimmick: It is a journey into the unknown, underlined by an imaginative imagery, surreal colors and tipping lines. And so we maintain the necessary distance, there are always times to a few characters who break the illusion and address the audience directly, to give their view of things for the good, crafty as the devil-Eva Mattes as Alma’s mother. Credibility of the whole complexity of this artist and Ehedramas but only if the figure of Alma holds the right balance and not in the cliché of a sex obsessed artist groupies still slips into the pure victim of the suppressed maternal. Barbara novels, which celebrated so far mostly as a theater actress successes solves this task with flying colors. Incredible, but true. (Peter Gutting)
  Title: Mahler on the Couch Country of production: Germany, Austria Year of Production: 2010 Length: 101 (Min.) (# ) Distribution:

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