Coffeehouse: In Treatment

S eason Two of In Treatment arrived earlier today and so, for the first time, I truly took advantage of the mobile viewing options of DVDs.  I unloaded everything my bag of tricks at a table with a large iced tea and settle down to a couple of therapy sessions with Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne).

Strange to explore these stories like this, like reading a book in one of the big comfy chairs and greeting the occasional patron/coffeehouse buddy on their way.  Surprisingly, it took nothing away from the sessions themselves.  Four half-hour encounters with a regular schedule of patients and then one additional half-hour that Weston spends with his own therapist, Dr. Gina Toll (Dianne Wiest).

Watching them is like reading a chapter in a longer novel than you expect when you first crack it open.  They are dense affairs, loaded with text and subtext, meaningful glances, pregnant pauses.

I watch the exchanges and am reminded that I am doing something similar in this space.  I watch people – those who are alone, like myself, and the others who come in with friends, business associates, study partners, what have you – and attempt to crack the code of their dynamics, much like Weston or his therapist.

It is all entertainment, the narratives onscreen and the ones I create for myself.  And I find that I’m looking forward to split-screening a few more of these sessions like this.  It is an intriguing way to juxtapose the virtual and the real.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Debate Forum: 8/23

141031beelertoon_c

For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

toon

For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 10.14.32 AM

Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]