A Beautiful Mistake: Possession and Consciousness In “Captain Fantastic”


Dec 2, 2017 – 12:00 PM

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A BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE: POSSESSION AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN CAPTAIN FANTASTIC TIME 12:00 p.m.–3:30 p.mRegistration at 11:30 a.m.(Snacks Included) PRICE $403 CEUs $9Workshop+3 CEUs $49 LOCATION Cinema Paradiso (Savor Cinema)503 SE 6th StreetFt. Lauderdale, FL 33301 Captain Fantastic is the compelling story of a father, Ben, (Viggo Mortensen) who is raising his six children in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, all of them reeling from the news that their mother, Leslie (Trin Miller), has just committed suicide after a long struggle with Bipolar Disorder. Possessed by the archetype of Eden, Ben and Leslie had rejected modern life and set out to create a family of future “philosopher kings.” They home-school and raise their children to be unblemished by consumerism and bloat, each of them lean, extremely well read, and capable of living off the land. However, the demands of such a life overwhelm the mother’s intrinsic vulnerabilities. Her suicide forces the family to encounter the “civilized” world in which their mother is being buried in a manner explicitly against her Buddhist wishes by her grieving parents, Jack and Abigail, superbly played by Frank Langella and Ann Dowd. Written and directed by Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms), this film is a subtle examination of the gain and cost of raising children according to an ideal while also giving them the means to go into the “civilized” world with some measure of creativity, character, and compromise. Holding the tension of the opposites, Captain Fantastic challenges us to acknowledge our longing for the absent father while also holding him accountable whenever he appears. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to: Describe how an archetype expresses itself as a governing principle in human culture, affects both us and the clients with whom we work; Critique the dynamics of being possessed by an archetype in our lives and in the lives of our clients; and Assess how film can reveal a culture’s relationship with archetypes. ABOUT THE PRESENTER:DOMINIC CALLAHAN, PH.D. Dominic Callahan, Ph.D., is a Past-President of The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida and a psychologist in private practice in Coral Springs, FL. He has given numerous presentations for the Center over the last 15 years on subjects ranging from the trauma of 9/11, to presidential politics, pornography, addiction, and other themes of collective importance. His last presentation was on the film Life of Pi in February, 2016.

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