Cinema: Psychology Lesson

RIVALS

Directed by KRISHNA SHAH

Screenplay by KRISHNA SHAH

This movie could pass nicely for an orientation film to be shown at a psychoanalysts' convention. A study of Oedipal torments in upper-middle-class Manhattan, it is so scrupulous about establishing psychological explanations for each turn of the plot that even the most casual viewer may feel compelled to jot down a few notes.

Jaimie (Scott Jacoby) is a ten-year-old kid with a chart-shattering IQ who nurtures a selfish affection for his mother and yearns for his deceased father, a TIME editor who had always wanted...

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