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Film Review BEMPORAD FILM REVIEW Jules Bemporad The Treatment, New Yorker Films Release, 2006. At the very end of Portnoy's Complaint, after the hero (or anti­hero) finishes his narrative of misadventures, a new voice is heard saying "So, now vee may perhaps to begin ?" The reader realizes that Portnoy has been relating his life story to a psychoanalyst who does not speak until the last page. In The Treatment (published in 1998 and which might be called Portnoy volume 2), the analyst has begun to speak and does so with a vengeance. Dr. Morales is a Cuban, Catholic orthodox Freudian analyst who talks and talks and talks. His communications consist mainly of aggrandizement of himself or of belittling his patient, Jake Singer, the book's hero and narrator. Morales also has a penchant for expressing his opinions in sexual metaphors, spoken in heavily accented English. An example which can be seen as paradigmatic is when Jake recounts his asserting himself, Morales replies "At last the penis goes inside the vagina." In return, Jake gets even by constantly correcting Morales' pronunciation, making up tantalizing stories and then admitting he wanted to lead Morales astray, or by omitting important events that occur http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry Guilford Press

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Guilford Press
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© The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
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1546-0371
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10.1521/jaap.2008.36.2.375
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BEMPORAD FILM REVIEW Jules Bemporad The Treatment, New Yorker Films Release, 2006. At the very end of Portnoy's Complaint, after the hero (or anti­hero) finishes his narrative of misadventures, a new voice is heard saying "So, now vee may perhaps to begin ?" The reader realizes that Portnoy has been relating his life story to a psychoanalyst who does not speak until the last page. In The Treatment (published in 1998 and which might be called Portnoy volume 2), the analyst has begun to speak and does so with a vengeance. Dr. Morales is a Cuban, Catholic orthodox Freudian analyst who talks and talks and talks. His communications consist mainly of aggrandizement of himself or of belittling his patient, Jake Singer, the book's hero and narrator. Morales also has a penchant for expressing his opinions in sexual metaphors, spoken in heavily accented English. An example which can be seen as paradigmatic is when Jake recounts his asserting himself, Morales replies "At last the penis goes inside the vagina." In return, Jake gets even by constantly correcting Morales' pronunciation, making up tantalizing stories and then admitting he wanted to lead Morales astray, or by omitting important events that occur

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Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic PsychiatryGuilford Press

Published: Jun 1, 2008

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