Film and Mind: "High Life"

January 10, 2020, 7:30 - 10:00 PM

Join the members of NCP for our Film and Mind Series.

_images/The_High_Life.jpg(2019, 110 - 113 min., English – by Claire Denis)

High Life enacts the passage of a reduced and dysfunctional crew of male and female ex-convicts who have been traveling in space for many years after an unspecified disaster had occurred on Earth. Although their ship’s predestination is a black hole, the medicated crew is given over to experiments in sexual procreation under the perverse directorship of Dibs, the older mad scientist who, outside the embryo lab, divides her time between extracting semen from the young men on board and pleasuring herself on a masturbatory machine.

The near-empty void outside the ship mirrors the characters’ inner lives. Death, not life, is the ground of being in this film. The exceptions are the relationship between Monte and his baby daughter Willow, and the ship’s yet thriving post-lapsarian garden. Nonetheless, there is something desultory about the former—not exactly love, more like a pinprick of light in the surrounding darkness.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe what the “ground of being” psychologically means for oneself without symbolic or imaginary filters
  • Discuss how your description would apply to negative life events, and resultant causal conditions like hopelessness, despair, major depression, and suicidality


Albert Morell, PhD, is a Lacanian clinical and research psychoanalyst in private and institutional practice. He is a former university lecturer in literature, philosophy, and film studies, as well as a former screenwriter. He is co-editor of The Los Angeles County Psychologist and founded the California Forum of the Internationale des Forums École de Psychoanalyse des Forums du Champ Lacanien (IF-EPFCL), based in Paris, France.

Pranav Shah, MD, is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who is passionate about movies and their use in illustrating the fundamental principles of psychoanalysis. He has co-authored a psychoanalytic study of the films of the renowned Indian auteur, Satyajit Ray. Currently he has a chapter on the cultural aspects of Eroticism due to be published later this year.

Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.

Level: Every level.

2.5 CE/CME Credits

$20 with CE Credit

$10 without Credit

"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE and FAMILY THERAPISTS (LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI): The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.