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Psychotherapy sessions are provocatively examined as Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) delves into the minds of his patients in this adaptation of a highly acclaimed Israeli series. Scheduled appointments include Mondays with Laura (Melissa George), an attractive anesthesiologist who wonders if her fiancé is the answer to happiness or if it lies in the arms of other men. Navy pilot Alex (Blair Underwood) relates his experiences in Iraq on Tuesdays but combats the analyst every step of the way. Midweek visits become complicated for teen Sophie (Mia Wasikowska) when Paul hesitates to sign an insurance document after a biking accident ruins her chances of joining the U.S. Olympic gymnastic team. Quarrelsome couple Amy and Jake (Embeth Davidtz, Josh Charles) seek help dealing with Amy's pregnancy but find that it is their compatibility that may be fruitless. Though the respected therapist offers them all insight, his perspective appears changed when summing up the week on Fridays with his own counselor, Gina (Dianne Wiest). Their professional history creates an open door to challenging each other's viewpoints. Paul's problems with his wife, Kate (Michelle Forbes), and children don't make things easier. But it's the doctors' opposing opinions that create the most friction, leading to a dissection of inner troubles that would otherwise never rise to the surface. ~ Mario DiMaio
Never been to a psychiatrist?
Posted by: hroeder from: Fort Thomas, KY on
This HBO series follows a series of patients visiting a psychiatrist. A half hour at a time. We also see the psychiatrist's family life.
Gabriel Byrne plays the Psychiatrist, Paul. Everything revolves around Paul. His patients are played well by a host of well known, and not so well know actors. Melissa George does a wonderful job as the patient who turns into a heart throb. Blair Underwood is Alex the egotistical-vulnerable Air Force pilot. Embeth Daviditz is the wife with a conception problem. And Diane Wiest plays Paul's psychiatrist, who becomes a crucial process of this month long, five days a week process. But must important is the find of the series: Mia Wasikowska who plays the would olympic gymnist, Sophia. (Try to remember that name. Mia is going to be a major star.)
If you want action, this really isn't for you. But if you like to delve into what makes people tick, try watching it a day at a time. Little hailed, this is one of the best cable series done.
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