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Psychomagic, a Healing Art (Psychomagie, un art pour guérir)2019

Psychomagic, a Healing Art (Psychomagie, un art pour guérir) (2019)

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Alejandro Jodorowsky's new documentary Psychomagic, A Healing Art is an intimate exploration of the visionary director's theory of trauma therapy. His unique concept of healing uses performance art as a vehicle to counter deep, debilitating psychic suffering with literal 'acts of confrontation' in real world applications. Drawing from a life-long study of philosophy, psychology, ethnology, and world religions, from Freud to shamans, from Kabbalah to Gurdjieff, and everything in between, Jodorowsky's films have dealt with the individual quest for redemption and enlightenment, the protagonist facing bizarre and provocative challenges that lead to personal catharsis. The film his explores the director's therapeutic work of Psychomagic using real life subjects in real world situations. Jodorowsky explains and demonstrates Psychomagic's principles, how it is practiced, and how it is applied. The Maestro works directly with suffering people who are eager to face, resolve, and transcend their personal dilemmas through the use of this radical and transformative mode of performance art therapy. Intercut with scenes from his most famous films, it parallels and explains his intent and vision present from the start of his career, giving new perspective and meaning to his seminal works, while simultaneously breaking the wall between fictional and real.

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Critic Reviews for Psychomagic, a Healing Art (Psychomagie, un art pour guérir)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Set to an ominous score by Jodorowsky's son Adan, the movie drifts into jarring new territory every few minutes.

August 7, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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There's little to be learned from its two nudity-replete yet tedious hours.

August 7, 2020 | Rating: D | Full Review…

It's indulgent, absurd, frustrating, and more than a little gross. It's also idiosyncratic and funny enough, and in ways that Jodo's fans will probably love.

August 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For a lot of people, it will be difficult to accept Jodorowsky as any kind of healer.

August 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Jodorowsky's magnetism makes it worth it, but the session could have been shorter. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Psychomagic, sadly, isn't art; it's advertising.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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