Film and Mind Online: The 400 Blows

April 22, 2022, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online!

images/400_blows.jpgThe 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups, 1959, 1h39m) was written by François Truffaut and is his directorial debut. This highly acclaimed film of the French New Wave Cinema stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, a misunderstood adolescent. Through an aesthetically appealing scenario, the film follows the mostly behavioral expressions of the youth’s struggles. Slowly the unspoken, at times secretive elements of his family and their cultural complexity unfold and begin to shed light on the seemingly random explosiveness of the main character. In its aesthetic manner, the film unfolds somewhat like a psychotherapy session, as gradually the surface re-forms to reveal the deeper determinants.

 Watch the trailer

*Available on HBO Max (subscription), Amazon Prime and others (rent). See link below.

Registration will be open until 4:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time. 


*** All times listed are Pacific Time (PT)

DISCUSSION: 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM - We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 

We will not watch the film together prior to the discussion. Participants should watch the film beforehand or begin screening on their own before 6:45 pm PT.

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe the symptoms of withdrawal in adolescents and their manifestations in therapeutic practice
  • Identify family-related as well as cultural factors that foster isolation in patients and identify strategies to bring out resiliency and allow for an expression of vitality from within
  • Discuss the use of film as a locus of rich psychoanalytic speculation on the difficulty of sustaining relationships against the destructive effects of secrecy


Bettina Soestwohner, PhD, PsyD, is a Research Psychoanalyst with a private practice in L.A. She holds a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine and has taught courses in the fields of literature and languages, film, psychology, and psychoanalysis. She is a Senior Faculty member of New Center of Psychoanalysis; a member of the Freudian School of Quebec (EFQ); responsible for the activities of the California Circle of the Quebec School; and a member of the IFLF (International Forums of the Lacanian Field). 

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. 

Discussion Moderator: Thomas M. Brod, MD. Dr. Brod coordinates the NCP Film & Mind Program with Apurva Shah, MD.


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:

  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link. The Zoom link will also be sent on the day of the event after 4:30 PM.
  • The discussion will start at 8:30 pm in the Zoom Meeting room. Participants should watch the film on their own before joining.
  • 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: HBO Max (subscription), Amazon Prime and others (rent). CLICK HERE for options.


"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. Sign in and sign out during the event (by typing your full name into the chat). This is how we record your attendance at the event.
  3. Wait 5 business days
  4. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

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 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 a 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.  The New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists must report CE credits directly to MCEP using this document to verify attendance. Please note that a Psychologist must attend the CE program in its entirety in order to receive credit.  

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

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