In Treatment (2007)

Run Time - 150 min.  |   Countries - Israel   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A psychiatrist wrestles with his own problems as well as those of his patients in this feature-film adaptation of the popular Israeli television series Be Tipul (aka In Treatment). Re'uven Dagan (Assi Dayan) is a shabby, middle-aged analyst who spends his days listening to the concerns and complaints of a variety of different patients. Dealing with everyone else's troubles is sometimes more than he can handle, so once a week Dagan visits Gila Abulafia (Gila Almagor), a fellow therapist who listens to his complaints and discusses the fine art of psychotherapy with him. Among Dagan's clients are Yadin Yerushalmi (Lior Ashkenazi), a military pilot who questions the ethics of his recent missions; Ayala (Maya Maron), a teenage girl obsessed with doing everything right; Na'ama Lerner (Ayelet Zurer), a beautiful woman who can't stick with a lasting relationship; and Michael & Orna Neumann (Rami Heuberger and Alma Zak), a couple whose unsuccessful efforts to have a child have nearly ruined their sex life. In Treatment was later adapted for an American series with the same name for the HBO premium network, with Gabriel Byrne as the psychiatrist.