Film and TV

Betipul/In Treatment

I don't have HBO, so I can't say whether its version of In Treatment — a television series following a therapist as he conducts sessions with a range of patients, occasionally attending a therapy session himself — measures up to the original Israeli series, Betipul/In Treatment. But if HBO managed to capture the essence of therapy as well as its Israeli counterpart, then it's probably worth a watch.

Betipul/In Treatment sits in on psychiatrist Reuven Dagan (Assi Dayan) and his sessions with several patients. There's the beautiful woman suffering from transference; a young girl who might make it to the Olympics if she can convince Dagan that she's mentally stable; a married couple who can't stop fighting or picking at each other; a pilot who bombed a daycare center and feels no remorse but who would like to revisit the scene of the disaster. The episodes are fascinating: Anyone who's been through therapy will recognize the careful questions Dagan asks his clients as they talk circles around him, trying to understand themselves.

Catch Betipul/In Treatment on Tuesday, February 12, at the Denver Jewish Film Festival; films screen in the Mizel Arts and Culture Center's Shwayder Theatre, at the Jewish Community Center, 350 South Dahlia Street. Episodes one through five start at 5 p.m., episodes six through ten at 8. Call 303-316-6360 or visit www.maccjcc.org.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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