In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts, whole and broken, surrounding him. There are noises, too: a cuckoo ... See full summary »
Two men come up from the beach carrying a large wardrobe between them. They come up into the town but not only find that accommodation is difficult to come by with their wooden travelling ... See full summary »
A man walks down the exterior staircase of building of flats; he's dressed to go out, taking care to wrap a scarf around his neck. He pauses as he passes a small window that's about eye ... See full summary »
A small and thin barefoot slave (played by Polanski) plays a flute and beats a drum to entertain his large master who rocks in a rocking chair in front of his mansion. The slave jumps and ... See full summary »
Michelle Williams gently watches Natalie Portman brushing her hair, taking care of herself, enjoying her beauty. But then a different smell comes in the air. One look below and there's the ... See full summary »
The camera shows us a door handle and the door's striker plate; from this angle, they form a cross. The door opens and in steps someone in a dark trench coat. He approaches a bed in the ... See full summary »
I don't know if in real life psychiatrists sometimes or often they get easily distracted by something while attending their clients/patients. In TV shows and movies such fact happens almost all the time. In the short film "A Therapy" the distractive element is what counts, it's what gives the movie's purpose: to sell a famous mark.
Ben Kingsley plays a psychiatrist who gets lost in amazement for a Prada coat wore by his patient (Helena Bonham Carter), a lovely and filled with doubts character of whom, just like the doctor, we stop caring about her problems just to be spelled by the beauty of the coat, supplemented by a beautiful music that over sounds her words.
Directed by Roman Polanski (who worte it along with Oscar winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood), "A Therapy" is a powerful reminder of what good commercials truly are. Propaganda is something so predictable, trapped in usual formats, and sometimes so careless that it loses its good and sometimes valuable purpose of selling. Our instinct is to avoid all of them, whatever if it's on TV or on YouTube or popping out in the net. "A Therapy" is too long (with its four minutes) to be a suitable promo to be shown on regular TV but it's certainly a spectacular one. Not everyone can buy something from Prada but this film is so carefully made that, even if you don't need anything from the brand, you'll definitely wanna wear it, to feel in ecstasy just like the doctor feels. Complete.
There isn't much you can get from this except the exceptional acting by Kingsley and Carter, and the classy sense of humor from Polanski. First rate. 10/10
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