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Saturday, November 25th 2023

Jung at the Movies

Elisabeth Pomès
presented by Jung Foundation of Ontario

Sat. Nov. 25,
Sat. Dec. 2,
Sat. Dec 9


Boardroom, Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm St., Toronto

Individuation is the process of becoming whole, of being the person we are meant to be. It is a process rather than a final product, a journey of self-discovery rather than a final destination, and it always involves transformation. There is no Individuation without relatedness, whether it is to others or to oneself. Among the qualities essential for the process of Individuation are love, the opening of oneself to others and to the world in general, the courage to face fear with honesty and take risks, a generosity of the heart and the presence of Eros. These are the qualities which allow one to travel from pain to healing, from being a stranger to oneself to finding truly who we are.

I invite you to join me in a discussion of the following movies:

Session 3A - Saturday, November 25th. 10am to 12:30pm. The Visitor (T. McCarthy, 2007)
Walter Vale is a widowed college economics professor who lives a fairly solitary existence. His life will change when a chance encounter with an immigrant couple forces him to face issues relating to identity, connectedness, immigration and cross-cultural communication. The story of a transformation from being a visitor to his own life to truly embracing life in all its joys and sorrows.

Session 3B - Saturday, December 2nd. 10am to 12:30pm. Now Voyager (I. Rapper, 1942)
The title of this movie is borrowed from a poem by Walt Whitman “The Untold Want”:
The untold want by life and land ne'er granted,
Now, voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.

It is indeed the voyage that Charlotte Vale, a drab, quiet woman who is brutally dominated by her mother, must take. It is a voyage from rejection to love, from fear to the courage to face an abusive parent and from pain to healing.

Session 3C - Saturday, December 9th. 10am to 12:30pm. The Lives of Others (F. H. von Donnersmarck, 2006)

He sits like a man taking a hearing test, big headphones clamped over his ears, his body and face frozen, listening for a faraway sound. His name is Gerd Wiesler, and he is a captain in the Stasi, the notorious secret police of East Germany. The year is, appropriately, 1984, and he is Big Brother, watching. He sits in an attic day after day, night after night, spying on the people in the flat below. The flat is occupied by a playwright and his mistress, an actress. Wiesler has been trained by his life to reflect no emotion. Sometimes not even his eyes move; he is like a cat awaiting a mouse. And he begins to internalize their lives -- easy, because he has no life of his own, no lover, no hobby, no distraction from his single-minded job. Then, something happens that will change his life forever.

Participants will be expected to have viewed the movies before the sessions. They are available on the usual streaming websites, and at the Toronto Public Library. Several segments of each movie will be shown and discussed in the seminars.


Non-Member $25.00 CAD


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