The Body in Cinema: TALK TO HER
Event Start Date: 3/22/2019 5:45 PM
Event End Date: 3/22/2019 9:00 PM


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Pedro Almodóvar’s Talk to Her (2002) is a film with many themes, all of which take place within the “theatres of the body” (McDougall). Ranging in tone from soap opera to tragedy, the film explores the relationship between two men, Marco and Benigno, who form a relationship through their devotion to two women who are in comas. In the process, Marco and Benigno become trapped within obsesĀ­sional ideas about what constitutes love, becoming more and more estranged from themselves as they attempt to live out their emotional lives through the objects of their obsession-the dancer Alicia for Benigno and bullfighter Lydia for Marco. In addition, the film poignantly explores the possibilities and limitations of intimacy; that is, entering the mind-or the body-of another human being. Enhancing these themes are three Pina Bausch dance sequences that punctuate the opening and closing sequences of the film.. Wine and appetizers will be served.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will explore the psychoanalytic themes in relation to the “theatres of the body.”
  2. Participants will be able to describe the relationship between melancholia and obsessional neuroses.
  3. Participants will understand the relationship between art & love in terms of how dance, music, and cinema are utilized in the film Talk to Her.


Maxine Nelson, LICSW, FIPA is a graduate of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI), where she is incoming President. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Maxine was a visual artist and exhibited painting, sculpture, photography and installations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and London. She has a longstanding interest in the intersection of visual art, including film, and psychoanalysis and has written and presented widely on this topic. In addition, Maxine produced two psychoanalytic film series at the Seattle Art Museum in the 2000’s: “Luminous Psyche: Selected Films of Max Ophuls” (2003) and “Luminous Psyche 2005: Selected Films of Bernardo Bertolucci.” Maxine maintains a private practice in Bellevue, where she provides psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy to adults, as well as providing clinical consultation. 

Mary Murphy, EdD, LICSW is a graduate of Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Adult Psychotherapy Program and is a member of SPSI’s Continuing Education Committee and Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program Committee. She sees adults in her private practice in lower Queen Anne.

Chris Keats, MD is a supervising analyst at SPSI and has a private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Bellevue.

3 hours CME/CPE/CEU credits.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This presentation also meets the requirements of WAC 246-924-240 (Definition of Category of Creditable CPE).

“This program has been approved for 3.0 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter.” Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-144.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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