Mahler on the Couch (2011)

Mahler on the Couch




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Gustav Mahler snatched Alma under the noses of Vienna's artistic elite, but ten years of marriage and the death of one child have exacerbated the strains caused by the 19 year gap in their ages, and Mahler's refusal to allow Alma to write music ("I need a wife, not a colleague"). While staying at a spa resort, Alma falls in love with Walter Gropius, five years her junior. Tormented, Mahler seeks advice from Sigmund Freud. The encounter of the two giants of music and psychoanalysis is bumpy, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Felix O. Adlon, Felix Adlon, Percy Adlon
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Critic Reviews for Mahler on the Couch

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The questions it doesn't quite ask linger when the lights come up.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Boston Globe
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The scenes with Karl Markovics, as Freud, are the lingering appeal of this artfully composed film, framed with aesthetic care and scored with Mahler's music...

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
New York Times
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[An] eccentric and expressionistic reverie on love, loss, and the birth of modern marriage.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Village Voice
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June 24, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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It's a decent addition to the modest list of films about the composer, but no substitute for Mahler, Ken Russell's 1974 comic-strip classic.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Boston Phoenix

A funny title for a film that is as serious as psychosis, but Mahler never sounded better.

Full Review… | January 24, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Mahler on the Couch


Watching German films online. My German isn't great, so I don't get it all, but this one was ok. I'd lump it in as being on par with all those other classical musician movies. Kind of the same style as that "Immortal Beloved" film.

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