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A Meditative Film

Another Year by Mike Leigh

By Folke Gravklev

Another Year - Meditation FilmAs a keen meditator for decades and a professional film and television producer for almost as long, I have been looking for meditative films. Alas, they are not easy to come by. Films about existential topics and the human condition can be found, but truly meditative films are few and far between. Film as a means of expression is mostly about things we can see with the eye, and storylines that set emotions and relations in motion. The cinema offers little opportunity for quiet reflection, for the ambiguous, for silence, or for subtle acts like repeating the meditation sound. In meditation we often move through foggy mental landscapes without clear direction; in films, we rarely have this opportunity. The audience must always be entertained, fascinated, or moved. Read more…

Film: On Freud, Jung and attractive female patients

A-Dangerous-Method-PosterThe movie  “A Dangerous Method” describes the founding father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, his then “crown prince” Carl Jung, their famous female patient Sabina Spielrein and the relationship between the three. It is a highly interesting movie. The script writer Christopher Hampton has pulled the  trick of condensing these very interesting times on the eve of the 1st World War, when so many  fantastical and eccentric persons flowed through Vienna and the salons where Freud and his pupils  hung out, into five distinct characters in the movie. They play out a fascinating drama  between them, uncovering dark forces and strong desires in the human mind in the process.

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Meditation as circus

One of the main items on the Norwegian main TV news broadcast tonight (18th Oct) was on David Lynch – coming to Norway not only to promote his films, but mostly to market Transcendental Meditation to the Norwegian media and to two cabinet ministers in direct meetings – see link. The reason why he is given so mush space, is, of course, that it looks strange. He is overenthusiastic, promises miracles, a revolution of the school system etc. The news broadcasters love stars making a kind of fool of themselves. As part of what I somewhat immodestly would call a more realistic meditaion movement, where also former practicioners of TM might find a very interesting approach to meditation, the Lynch-episode awokes ambivalence. On the one hand, it makes meditation look strange and unreal. On the other hand, it might help more persons to become aware of organisations like Acem.