The Treatment Reviews
Well this adaptation certainly does not suffer from that problem. In fact, it is the lack of these dynamic scenes with their snappy dialogue that makes this film completely miss the mark. What I found absolutely hilarious about the novel were the interactions between the character of the therapist, Dr. Ernesto Morales (Ian Holm), an Argentinean Freudian Marxist and his patient, Jake Singer (the wonderful Chris Eigeman of the sophisticated Whit Stillman films), who is suffering from a general malaise in his life. Morales would practically bash Singer over the head with his outrageous, pompous and professionally inappropriate pronouncements that wound up goading Singer into action and breaking his psychological inertia. Unfortunately, most of these funny scenes never made it to the screen. Rather we can too many glimpses of Jake kanoodling with his new love interest, single mother, Allegra Marshall (Famke Janssen).
In addition, while Sir Ian is a marvelous actor, he just isn't right for the part. There are plenty of swarthy and macho Latino actors (Raul Julia would have been perfect) who could easily endow Morales with the hubris and gusto deserving of the therapist who takes no prisoners.
So many fun novels; so many dull movies.