Saturday, March 29, 2014

Side Effects

The early autumn afternoon makes for the perfect time for films and hot drinks. I wondered how I might have missed Side Effects. It was released almost a year ago.

Side Effects is a psychological thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh and co-produced by real-life forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Sasha Bardey. Isn’t interesting how the stories elicited through the everyday practice of Psychiatry makes for a life much much stranger fiction.

The stories we hear behind closed doors; the experience of transference and counter-transference; the complex dynamics driving thoughts, feelings and behaviors in individuals and systems. The popularity of these films helps us escape, perhaps our own personal Psychiatry, and into the world of others – lives bared open by the voyeurism only Hollywood can ply open.

The relationship between psychiatrists and their patients, the law as well as the pharmaceuticals that connect the dots is intriguing.

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