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  • Summary: 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. (National Center for Jewish Film) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    May 23, 2012
    80
    The film's great gift, though, is Romaner. Unbelievably, this is the first film for the Bavarian stage actress. She fully inhabits the role of this complex personality whose passion for love and art collides with her role of wife and mother.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 15, 2012
    70
    Eccentric and expressionistic reverie on love, loss, and the birth of modern marriage.
  3. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    May 18, 2012
    60
    The scenes with Karl Markovics, as Freud, are the lingering appeal of this artfully composed film.

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