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In Treatment

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In Treatment Season 2 - Very Real TV

  • Nov 8, 2010
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In Treatment Season 2 is a wonderful continuation of a series that completely grips me. As soon as I watched the first episode, I was compelled to watch the entire season to the end. Although comprised of fictional characters, I feel like I'm truly peering into the private sessions of patients that are dealing with difficult issues such as cancer, divorce, old age and the meaning of life. Much more real than the Reality TV we see every day.

The acting in the series is sublime. With the camera pushed in close, actors don't have any room for fake or forced performances. Each one seems to be completely consumed by their characters flaws and fears. The situations are so insightful that I find myself examining my own life and decisions.

Taking place almost entirely in the therapist's office, the director might choose to ignore the camera. That didn't happen. Each shot seems perfectly panned and cropped to focus on the emotions of the patient.

Some of the actors are quite young and I find it incredible that they can act with such fidelity. They are likely playing parts they haven't ever experienced in their own lives, but their performances resonate in each scene.

I rushed to move through Season 2 so I was ready for Season 3. Let's hope it is as good as 1 and 2.

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August 05, 2011
I couldn't agree more; during a time when most televised Anglophone fiction confirms only the most hackneyed trends and predilections of its industry, this series is an oasis furnished with taut direction and the most credible performances that I've seen in a series in ages. A great show, this - when "great show" seems an oxymoron.
November 13, 2010
I've seen a couple of episodes and found each one quite intriguing and incredibly thought-provoking. I guess I'm going to have to get all of Season 1 through Netflix, so I can play catch up! Thanks for reminding me of this show!
November 12, 2010
I just watched In Treatment for the very first time the other week and I dig it, too. Your review is spot on, Thanks for sharing!
November 08, 2010
Thank you for using the word fidelity in a way that made me look it up. I love In Treatment, so to be honest I didn't learn much from your review, but I had to give it good ratings, because well I like reviews that support my existing beliefs.
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review by . April 08, 2009
What is it with HBO making shows that totally go against my moral and ethical standards, yet draw me in so completely that I sit and watch episodes for hours on end?    In Treatment has a very weird concept- at least 90% of the show takes place within the confines of a therapy appointment. On Sunday nights, we watch two individual therapy appointments. On Monday- three. The main character, and the one who ties the entire show together, is Paul- our therapist. The problem …
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Adapted from a popular Israeli series, the show follows psychoanalyst Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne, who won a Golden Globe® for his role) through his week, capturing sessions with his patients.

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