Film and Mind Online: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

June 12, 2020, 6:45 - 10:15 PM

Join NCP as we take our Film and Mind series online!

images/portrait_w_border.jpg(2019, USA)

France, 1770. Teen romance sparks and flickers. Marianne, a portrait painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly. Who attends the fire? 

With the discussion of this film, we will illustrate how psychoanalytic exploration revises the superficial filmic narrative to reveal the unpredicted facets of the compliant mind plus the transformations of love experience on adolescent rigidity.

*Streaming is available on Amazon Prime and HULU.

Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration will be open until 5:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time. 



6:45 PM - 8:45 PM: Group viewing of the movie with a silent chat. We will join the Zoom meeting and press "play" simultaneously to watch the movie together. Please purchase the movie before joining the meeting. (Viewing with the group is optional. You can purchase and watch prior to this and still participate in the discussion.) No credit

8:45 PM - 10:15 PM: Discussion begins. We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe coping mechanisms used by women in the male-dominated society of 1770 to live authentic lives

  • Explain how the women were able to deal with the traumatic event of Sophia by way of artist expression

  • Describe how the “female gaze” illustrated in the relationship between Marianna and Helose, and its application to clinical practice

  • Explain the difference between the status of the psychoanalytic gaze and what is often taken to be the gaze in feminist cultural theory, or, put another way, describe what psychoanalysis has to offer queer theory
  • Discuss articulations between the inside-out structure of the gaze and what Lacan calls the object-cause of desire while also sustaining a differentiation between a portrait and an image


Seth Alt is a doctoral student in the Cultural Studies program at Claremont Graduate University where he is working on a dissertation loosely titled, "The Pervert's Guide to the Museum." When not running the gauntlet of the PhD Seth sometimes plays fiddle at Irish sessions in Long Beach and Pasadena.

Carol Hekman, PhD, is a core faculty member and a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at NCP.  She has been involved in NCP committees for many years and is a former NCP Secretary and Chair of the Training and Supervising committee. She has been on the board at Rose City Center.  She maintains a psychotherapy and psychoanalytic practice for adults and older adolescents in Pasadena.


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

Level: Every level.

1.5 CE/CME Credits

$15 with CE Credit

$7 without Credit

This is an online event. What you need to know:

  • Registration is limited to 25 people.
  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link.
  • You can join other attendees to watch the film "together" (in your own home) at 6:45 pm and even silently comment in the Zoom Meeting “chat” function, or watch it on your own beforehand.
  • The official discussion will start at 8:45 pm in the Zoom Meeting room.
  • We cannot provide technical support for the viewing of the movie, but will be in the Zoom meeting to help facilitate the discussion.  

Where to get the movie:

  • Amazon
  • HULU - with your subscription

"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 1.5 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.