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ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier$
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Missy Molloy, Mimi Nielsen, and Meryl Shriver-Rice

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474428729

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428729.001.0001

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Beginning with Jewish Survival: Freud’s Leaving Home

Beginning with Jewish Survival: Freud’s Leaving Home

(p.83) Chapter 4 Beginning with Jewish Survival: Freud’s Leaving Home
ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier

Maureen Turim

Edinburgh University Press

“Beginning with Jewish Survival: Freud’s Leaving Home” is a close reading of the complex references to Jewish heritage in Bier’s first feature-length film. Maureen Turim employs a psychological lens to assess the film’s distinct blend of comedy and tragedy, most particularly in its evocations of Freud’s delayed maturation, Rosha’s impending death, and their intense, ambivalent mother-daughter bond. The chapter further situates Freud’s Leaving Home in the context of contemporaneous films by Jewish directors that represent diasporic Jewish families in cultural transition.

Keywords:   Susanne Bier, Danish cinema, Swedish Cinema, Women’s cinema, Jewish film directors

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