Marriage

Hope Springs

By Elisabeth LaMotte / March 26, 2014

Cinematic portrayals of couples therapy are tough to acheive.  While television series such as In Treatment and The Sopranos have done a wonderful job of conveying what its like to experience individual psychotherapy, a realistic portrayal is much harder to achieve in a film. And even harder to achieve with respect to couples.  The groundbreaking film Hope Springs (available on DVD) achieves…

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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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The Lowland (2013)

By Elisabeth LaMotte / December 8, 2013

Exploring sibling relationships is often an important dimension of the therapeutic process. Understanding the dynamics between siblings sheds light on one’s historical roles in the family.  Understanding family roles from childhood can be key to understanding current patterns in romantic, professional and social relationships.   Jhumpa Lahiri’s riveting new book, “The Lowland”, begins with a beautiful narrative…

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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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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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