AND Carl Jung: In Search of the Soul (1972)

A Film Presentation by Cinéclub Film Society (CFS) 

and the C. G. Jung Society of Montreal

Moderated by Philippe Spurrell of CFS

With the collaboration of Montreal Jungian analyst Tom Kelly




    Sunday, January 28
    6:30-10:00 p.m.
    McConnell (LB) Building
    De Sève Cinema
    1400 de Maisonneuve W.
    (Métro Guy-Concordia)
    General Admission $8    
    Students/Seniors $6 


Two of the biggest and most respected names of 1950s French cinema play the leads in this tense dramatic thriller shot entirely in the sweaty heat of a Mexican town. Nelly, (Michèle Morgan) arrives in a remote Mexican town with her sick husband who dies a short while later. Now left alone, she has also lost her money and travel tickets. She is drawn to a scruffy drunk named Georges (Gérard Philipe) who, she discovers, is an expatriate doctor who never recovered from the tragic death of his wife. Can they save the town from being consumed by a deadly epidemic? Can they save themselves from each other? The on-screen chemistry between the two leads is mesmerizing as they play out a gritty romance unlike anything seen in European films at the time. Based on a story by Jean-Paul Sartre and dense with provocative content, this 1953 film, directed by Yves Alégret, promises to make for a stimulating post-film discussion. 
(French with English subtitles)
The 1972 BBC film “Carl Jung: In Search of the Soul” … “traces Jung's life from his early years to his break with Sigmund Freud. It affords some striking footage of the environment that affected Jung, an interview with him, rare photographs, and a particularly striking look at Jung's Red Book, in which he painted the images of his unconscious mind.”

The evening will feature commentary by Montreal Jungian analyst Tom Kelly.

Tom Kelly is a Montreal-based Jungian psychoanalyst. He was recently the President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). He is a senior training analyst, supervisor and past-president of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA) and past-president of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts (CNASJA).
    Tom has been actively engaged in teaching and lecturing in many Developing Groups of the IAAP around the world for many years.



Psyche and Politics

An All-Day Seminar


Saturday, Feb. 10

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Concordia University

Room MB 3.435

1450 rue Guy

(Metro Guy/Concordia)

Members $60

Non-Members $70

Students/Senior Members $40








10:15-11:00 a.m.

 Psyche in the Political Realm: 

From Apathy to Ambivalence to Responsibility


 In this presentation, we will explore some questions associated with the highly charged field of psyche and politics and the gray zones that inevitably come with it. Can one’s voice really be heard and make a difference? What is one’s ethical responsibility as a citizen and as a professional?  Where is the compass that can help guide us as we explore this emotionally laden maze?


Tom Kelly is past-president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). He has been actively engaged in teaching and lecturing in many Developing Groups of the IAAP around the world for many years. 

       Tom completed his training as a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich in 1986 and has a private practice in Montreal.


11:15-12:00 p.m.

Politics and Psyche:

An Impossible Love?

John Kennedy once said, “Mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be president, but they do not want them to become politicians in the process.’’

With this phrase, he captured the tension of opposites and the endless loss of innocence that accompanies all political endeavors. Today this archetypal cycle is more violent than ever. No one has more than five minutes of innocence before the next bad news break.

Yet behind the clashes, the hate, the contempt, I would propose that an impossible love is trying to become possible. Psyche is still, and ever, seeking Amor even in the streets of Charlottesville.


Jan Bauer is a Jungian analyst practicing in Montreal since 1985. She has not yet managed to resolve all her tensions of opposites, but she believes that it matters to keep trying.


1:15-2:00 p.m.

Shades of Foreign Evil:

Honour Killings and Family Murder in the Canadian Press


Research from Canadian newspapers between 2000 and 2012 compares murder cases labelled “honour killings” to cases labelled “family/spousal murders” in the Canadian news media.

This presentation will explore the construction of boundaries between these two practices. The analysis shows that “honour killings” are framed in terms of culture and ethnic background, presenting a dichotomy between South Asian/Muslim and Western values. Conversely, articles presenting cases as “family/spousal murders” tend to focus on the perpetrators’ personalities or psychological characteristics, often ignoring factors such as culture, patriarchy, honour, and shame. 


Eran Shor is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, McGill University. In his work, he examines the causes and effects of political conflict and violence, focusing on state counterterrorist policies and human rights practices.  His other research interests include inequality in the media coverage of ethnic minorities and women and the dynamics of sexual attraction.

2:15-3:00 p.m.

Philosophy in a Therapeutic Mode: 

Can philosophy help us to deal with suffering and loss?


Philosophers in antiquity and the Middle Ages developed a range of tools to deal with suffering and loss. Many of them had real sorrow to dispel: Socrates and Boethius were unjustly sentenced to death; Maimonides’ brother drowned when his ship sank on a business trip. We will examine the key strategies they proposed to dispel sorrow and ask if these can still be useful today. I will suggest that they cannot and discuss what we lose and gain by giving up these philosophical resources of consolation.


Carlos Fraenkel is James McGill Professor of Philosophy and Jewish studies at McGill University. He has worked on philosophers such as Plato, al-Ghazâlî, Maimonides, and Spinoza and on conducting philosophical debates in places of conflict. He was recently awarded the Mavis Gallant Prize for Nonfiction (2015) for Teaching Plato in Palestine, a collection of essays. carlosfraenkel.com.


3:15-4:00 p.m. Discussion with the participants and the audience