Screening of the film HER
Presentation and discussion by Andrea Sabbadini
May 2016 Public Lecture Held at The Freud Museum, London NW3 5SZ 10.00am – 1.00pm Saturday 14
HER (USA 2013, 121 minutes)
Written and directed by Spike Jonze, this film is a moving love story between a middle-aged man undergoing an existential crisis (Theodore, played by Joaquin Phoenix) and the disembodied voice of 'Samantha' (Scarlett Johansson), a young woman who only exists in the virtual world as an Operating System. I shall discuss the film from a psychoanalytic perspective, focusing on the role played by voices and bodies in intimate relationships, including psychotherapeutic ones. In this connection, I shall refer to the now frequent phenomenon of carrying out analytic sessions through such devices as Skype.
ANDREA SABBADINI is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and is former Director of Publications. He works in private practice in London, is a trustee of the Freud Museum, a member of the IPA Committee on Psychoanalysis and Culture, and the director of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival.
His most recent books are Boundaries and Bridges: Perspectives on Time and Space in Psychoanalysis (Karnac 2014) and Moving Images: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Film (Routledge 2014).