Mahler on the Couch
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Gustav Mahler snatched Alma under the noses of Vienna's artistic elite, but ten years of marriage and the death of one child have exacerbated the strains caused by the 19 year gap in their ages, and Mahler's refusal to allow Alma to write music ("I need a wife, not a colleague"). While staying at a spa resort, Alma falls in love with Walter Gropius, five years her junior. Tormented, Mahler seeks advice from Sigmund Freud. The encounter of the two giants of music and psychoanalysis is bumpy, temperamental, and not without humor.--© Universal Edition
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The questions it doesn't quite ask linger when the lights come up."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It's a decent addition to the modest list of films about the composer, but no substitute for Mahler, Ken Russell's 1974 comic-strip classic."
‑ Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Phoenix
"The scenes with Karl Markovics, as Freud, are the lingering appeal of this artfully composed film, framed with aesthetic care and scored with Mahler's music..."
‑ David DeWitt, New York Times
"A funny title for a film that is as serious as psychosis, but Mahler never sounded better."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"[An] eccentric and expressionistic reverie on love, loss, and the birth of modern marriage."
‑ Eric Hynes, Village Voice
"The film's visual and structural boldness only underlines the story's predictable trajectory and muddy characterizations."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
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