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Without the crutch of voiceover narration, directly conveying mental behaviors and particularly pathologies through cinema is a formidable endeavor, one often better left to the printed word.

Respectably, French auteur Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale) introduces Freud to Sisyphus with this bone-dry yet oddly absorbing procedural, a cathartic, talky two-hander between "soul-sick" Native American Blackfoot James Picard (Benicio Del Toro as an alcoholic, shell-shocked WWII veteran prone to debilitating headaches and sight loss) and French-American ethnologist and analyst Georges Devereux (Mathieu Amalric) in a 1948 Topeka, Kansas, clinic.

Loosely structured like a two-hour abridgement of what the real-life Devereux chronicled in his book-length case study Re »

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