Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Treatment

This movie, based on the book of the same name by Daniel Menaker, is a unique comedy of love mixed with Freudian (?) analysis. In some ways Ian Holm, as the analyst, steals the show with his wonderful performance. But he is almost matched by a great turn by the lead , Chris Eigeman as Jake Singer, a teacher who is conflicted by just about everything in his life. The relationships he has with his former girlfriend (Stephanie March), new love interest (Famke Jansen) and his father (Harris Yulin) are all well-portrayed. I found Harris Yulin's performance was particularly subtle. While I read the original book several years ago, I do not remember enjoying it nearly so much as I enjoyed this movie.

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