Intimacy & Commitment

Don Jon

By Elisabeth LaMotte / March 10, 2014

Written and Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 90 minutes, 2013 Internet porn has changed relationships and marriages in more ways than a couples therapist can count.  Questions on the pornography front are quite common.  Is it okay to watch together?  Is it okay to watch it alone?  If so, how much is too much?  These questions…

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Take This Waltz

By Elisabeth LaMotte / January 23, 2014

2011, 1 hour and 56 minutes Written and Directed by Sarah Polley When a marriage is going through challenging times, it is extremely common to become consumed with thoughts about how there must be something out there that is better.  Such thoughts can be especially powerful if there is someone else in the picture.  Whether…

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Sparrows Dance

By Elisabeth LaMotte / October 2, 2013

(2012, Noah Buschel, 81 minutes) This quiet, intimate love story offers a sensitive look into the rare but real mental illness, agoraphobia.   Filmed entirely in the apartment of an agoraphobic actress, Sparrows Dance paints a portrait of the contained and controlled life this illness demands. Agoraphobia is a form of panic disorder in which…

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Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage

By Elisabeth LaMotte / September 21, 2013

(2010, Elizabeth Gilbert, Viking) As a therapist practicing since 1995, one of the most common requests I receive is for a good book about marriage.  This request is especially common among newly engaged couples and people who are struggling to decide whether to marry their current partner.   There are some interesting self-help books about…

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Good Will Hunting

By Elisabeth LaMotte / September 9, 2013

GOOD WILL HUNTING  (1997) 126 minutes, directed by Gus Van Sant  Many people enter therapy because they are struggling to make a decision about commitment.  Sometimes, deciding to commit to a romantic partner can produce tremendous anxiety, especially for those who have not been exposed to healthy, intimate relationships. Directed by Gus Van Sant, Good Will…

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Last Night

By Elisabeth LaMotte / August 31, 2013

LAST NIGHT (2010)  1 hour, 32 minutes, Written and Directed by Massy Tadjedin As a therapist, one truth I witness again and again is that infidelity is much more common, and much more complicated, than it seems.  Affairs that take place on an emotional level are often more difficult to recover from than those involving a physical…

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THE DINNER (2012)

By Elisabeth LaMotte / August 1, 2013

Beginning with an aperitif, and persisting through three courses and a digestif, Herman Koch’s “The Dinner” explores a variety of difficult questions about social responsibility, sibling rivalry, parenting, technology, pathology, intimacy and marriage.  This gripping story takes place in a restaurant in Holland and spans the course of a single meal.  While offering no answers…

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