Who’s Afraid of Alice Miller

Poster for Who’s Afraid of Alice Miller Martin is coldly rejected by his mother and beaten by his father: a childhood without love. The story sounds like a case study from the book "The Drama of the Gifted Child" by the world-famous Swiss psychoanalyst Alice Miller. But Martin is the son of the committed child rights activist ... After Alice Miller's death, Martin sets out on a journey to finally understand the contradiction between the famous childhood researcher and the destructive mother. And finally he discovers what stands between him and his mother: the greatest drama of the 20th century, the Shoah, the annihilation of the Jewish people. The young Alice Miller survived as a Jew under a false identity in Warsaw amidst the Nazis - and had to witness all the atrocities. But Alice displaces these traumatic experiences and splits them off for a lifetime. The deeper Martin penetrates into his mother's biography, the clearer it becomes: his own emotional pain is the inheritance of something he has never experienced himself.

101 minutes
Daniel Howald

Shown at

  1. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2021

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