Mahler on the Couch (2010)

Genre: Biography | Drama


Director : Felix O. Adlon, Percy Adlon

Cast : Eva Mattes, Friedrich Mücke, Lena Stolze, Karl Fischer

Release Year : 2010

August 1910. Devastated and confused by the discovery that his beloved wife Alma is having a passionate affair with architect Walter Gropius, controversial composer Gustav Mahler travels to Holland to consult with Sigmund Freud, who is on vacation in Leiden. Feeling humiliated and betrayed, Mahler initially refuses the couch, but when Freud wheels a camp bed into the room, he has no choice. Fiery yet full of humor, their encounter stretches into the night as Mahler vividly recounts his seduction of Alma, 19 years his junior, the beautiful darling of Vienna’s arts scene. Alma and Mahler fall madly in love and marry, but he frustrates her ambitions to be a composer in her own right. When one of their daughters dies, their marriage begins to fall apart, culminating in Alma’s infdelity. Next day, the two great men go their separate ways. Overjoyed with what he sees as his cure, Mahler travels to rejoin Alma... A suspenseful marital drama with detective Freud pulling the strings.

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  • Jerry Glomph Black

    Just saw it in Hamburg (in German). It is beautiful, funny, and emotional all at the same time. Wonderfully staged, and the “drop-in” commentary by Mahler’s contemporaries are gems in themselves. Hoping that an English-subtitled DVD appears for this superb film.

  • Marilyn

    great period of history. can’t wait to see it.