Mahler on the Couch

2011

Mahler on the Couch (2011)

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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, temperamental, and not without humor.--© Universal Edition

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Critic Reviews for Mahler on the Couch

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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

Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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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...

May 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[An] eccentric and expressionistic reverie on love, loss, and the birth of modern marriage.

May 15, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Jan 24, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The film's visual and structural boldness only underlines the story's predictable trajectory and muddy characterizations.

Jun 25, 2010

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