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The Soul Keeper

A doctor and his patient set off down the road to psychoanalysis, and discover the secrets of the mind.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2003 16:19 IST
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The Soul Keeper
Director
: Roberto Faenza
Cast: Iain Glen, Emilia Fox, Craig Ferguson, Caroline Ducey
English/2002/colour/102'

Sabina Speilrein was the first patient with whom Dr Carl Jung attempted "the talking cure" a method learnt from his mentor Sigmund Freud. Speilrein also became a psychoanalyst, making contributions to the field of child psychiatry. Roberto Faenza's rich and compelling narrative brings Speilrein and Jung to life through the considerable chemistry of actors Emilia Fox and Iain Glen.

Jung admits Speilrein a 19-year-old Russian jew, to a Zurich psychiatric hospital in 1905 for treatment. The doctor and his patient set off down the road to psychoanalysis, wherein they discover the secrets of the mind as well as pitfalls of transference.

Production: Jean Vigo Italia/Cowboy Films (Paris)
Screenplay: Roberto Faenza
Cinematography: Maurizio Calvesi
Editor: Massimo Fiocchi

Director's bio note:
Born in Turin, Roberto Faenza worked briefly as a documentary filmmaker and then made his feature film debut with Escalation (1968), a biting allegory of the Capitalist society.

Besides cinema, Faenza has long been interested in the issue of counter-information, analysing the mechanisms of the mass-media and has published several extremely interesting books on the subject.

First Published: Oct 15, 2003 12:53 IST