The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film series returns in January and February with psychological studies of films starring three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. A discussion follows each screening.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Michael Cunningham, this film focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are connected by the Virginia Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway. Streep plays Clarissa, a New Yorker preparing a party for her AIDS-stricken friend in 2001. Julianne Moore is Laura, a pregnant, California housewife with a young son and an unhappy marriage in the 1950s. And Nicole Kidman is Woolf, in England, struggling with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel in the 1920s.
Post-screening discussion led by psychoanalyst David Donovan and Julie Farstad, associate professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
January 10, 2016 — Kramer vs Kramer  (1979; Rated PG; 105 minutes)
January 24, 2016 — The French Lieutenant’s Woman  (1981; Rated R; 124 minutes)
February 7, 2016 — Postcards from the Edge  (1990; Rated R; 101 minutes)
February 21, 2016 — The Hours  (2002; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes)
Presented in partnership with the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. Co-sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.