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Now, Voyager

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Cast
Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, John Loder, Ilka Chase, Lee Patrick, Franklin Pangborn, Katharine Alexander, James Rennie, Mary Wickes
Released
1942
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The protagonist's sister-in-law Lisa tells the protagonist's mother, Mrs. Vale, referring to psychiatrist Dr. Jaquith, "We're honored by the visit of the foremost psychiatrist in the whole country." (0:03)

Mrs. Dale tells her daughter Charlotte, "Lisa tells me that your latest peculiarities, your fits of crying, your secretiveness, indicate you're on the verge of a nervous breakdown."
"Dr. Jaquith has a sanitarium in Vermont I believe."
"The very word 'psychiatry,' Dr. Jaquith. Doesn't it fill you with shame?" (0:06)

Charlotte says to Jaquith, "Introverted, doctor." (0:07)

Charlotte's niece June asks her, "What's this, a hangover?"
Mrs. Vale: "A nervous breakdown. No member of the Vale family has ever had a nervous breakdown." (0:18)

Jaquith tells Lisa, referring to Charlotte, "You'll find her feeling depressed today." (0:20)

Jaquith asks Charlotte, "You haven't a very high opinion of yourself, have you?"
Charlotte: "I've been in a sanitarium for three months..." (0:34)

Charlotte stands up to her mother. (1:02)

Nurse Dora tells Charlotte, "I put 2 tablespoons of Sherry and a sleeping powder in her hot milk..." (1:08)

Charlotte tells Elliot, "... if I could just get rid of some of my inhibitions..."
"I read a novel once about a woman, a very repressed woman... and because of the drink she lost her inhibitions." (1:24)

Charlotte realizes that her mother has died and blames herself. (1:28)

Cascade sanitarium. (1:29)

Jaquith tells Charlotte, "I thought you came up here to have a nervous breakdown." (1:41)

Jaquith tells Charlotte, "A patient of mine who has a phobia about high places told me about an accident..." (1:43)

Charlotte tells Jerry, "Here I have been laboring under the delusion..." (1:53)

Charlotte asks Jerry, "Shall we just have a cigarette on it?" (1:55)

Rather than failing to accurately portray psychoanalysis as Gabbard (Might the film have caused him some narcissistic injury?) suggests in his book Psychiatry and the Cinema, Dr. Jaquith's interventions, which reject analytic rigidity and pretence, anticipate those of family psychotherapy. He possesses sufficient integrity to apply only the necessary nudges rather than forcing every prospective patient to conform to the same therapeutic excesses. He does blame mother for Charlotte's problems, but he never suggests that she cut herself off from her permanently as too toxic. In fact he encourages her to reconnect with no expectation that mother will change. Charlotte's success in maintaining the relationship on her own terms, rather than those of her mother increases her self-confidence.

Reference in The History Boys