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.
Dustin Hoffman plays Ted, a workaholic advertising executive who comes home one day to discover that wife Joanna (Streep) is leaving him and their young son Billy. She needs to find herself, she says. Father and son make a difficult adjustment, learning to live without her, until Joanna returns 15 months later to claim the boy, touching off a nasty custody battle.
Post-screening discussion led by psychoanalyst Bonnie Buchele and Trey Hock, an assistant professor in the filmmaking department 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.