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Set within the highly charged confines of individual psychotherapy sessions, In Treatment: The Complete Third Season continues to center around Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) who continues to cope with the after-effects of his recent divorce, as well as his move to Brooklyn to continue his practice. In the midst of new emotional and physical challenges (including hand tremors he fears might be the onset of Parkinson’s Disease, which killed his father), Paul will be treating three new patients (Debra Winger, Irrfan Khan, and Dane DeHaan), and will see a new therapist (Amy Ryan) in New York City.

Rumors of In Treatment's death have been greatly exaggerated. The half-hour HBO drama that was originally adapted from an Israeli TV show has continued to flourish among devoted fans in spite of wide-ranging critical opinion about its integrity and entertainment value. Nevertheless, season three is an absorbing continuation of the life and practice of psychotherapist Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne), and the tortured processes he undertakes with patients and with himself. Continuing the format of episodes that focus on individual patients--only three this time--then concluding each week with his own therapy session, season three is the first based on original scripts rather than adaptations of episodes from the hit Israeli series Be' Tipul. The new show runners, Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman, follow the previous design in assigning the same writer to script for each patient. The only other major thematic difference is the absence of Dianne Wiest, whose Emmy-winning performance as Paul's mentor, supervisor, and therapist was the highlight of seasons one and two. Fortunately her replacement, Amy Ryan, is as capable an actor and strong a foil to give Paul's panoply of problems a whole new arena for discussion (TV vets Epstein and Futterman were responsible for writing the Amy Ryan "Adele" scripts).

Anyone who has experienced the psychotherapeutic process cannot help but be instantly drawn in to the show's eloquent design of talk-and-listen, as secrets are told or held back, fears and desires explored or repressed. Even those who are perfectly adjusted and scoff at the value of psychological treatment should be fascinated by the twists and turns that mostly seem entirely naturalistic, and better yet, unexpected. The 50-minute hour that is shortened to 20-something for dramatic purposes may sometimes play against the realistic portrayal of the professional dynamic, but after all, this isn't reality. Even so, the episodes crackle in their basic form as one-act plays that thrive on nothing but two people trading razor-sharp dialogue about who they are and what they're thinking. Paul is still listening, and he's entirely engaged. The flow of each session reflects the depth of his perception as he leads himself and his patient back to points, gestures, and remarks that may have been made in passing, yet which represent the basic spectacle of the therapeutic process and the essential role the therapist has in that relationship. We understand that what goes on in his office affects him as much as his patients.

That's where Amy Ryan comes in as the young, brilliant psychiatrist who Paul sees at the end of each week to bare his own tortured soul. He's still terribly depressed. His ex-wife is remarrying, he's plagued with guilt over his 12-year-old son, and he has terrorized himself into believing that he's becoming his father, even to the point of being convinced that he'll die of the same disease (Parkinson's). At first Ryan comes off as the perfect psychiatric ice queen. But as their connection deepens with knowledge, insight, transference, counter-transference, and enthralling exchanges of actorly acrobatics (their butts never leave their seats!), she becomes perhaps the show's most compelling character. She's in great company with Debra Winger as a patient who plays an aging actress (though decidedly not typecast) who finds work elusive and is facing some ordinary family struggles as well. Not only does she look terrific, Winger brings the best game she has to her sparring-match scenes with Byrne. As an anguished gay teen, Dane DeHaan is the weakest character. He's saddled with annoying sexual and adolescent stereotypes that seem to be thrown into the show's mix just for a proper portrayal of patient demographics. Best of all is the Indian actor Irrfan Khan (known primarily in the United States for The Namesake and Slumdog Millionaire) as a maladjusted immigrant whose inscrutable nature fascinates Paul. As the most glaring example of how Paul's relationships with his patients sometimes slip into the inappropriate, the two become friends of sorts, even into the ultimate and unforeseen conclusion of this sensational seasonal thread. In all, In Treatment continues to be an engrossing dramatization of psychotherapy, made human by excellent writing and gripping characterizations. --Ted Fry

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  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (722 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038M2ANC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Fairbanks Reader - Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2010
Format: DVD
The third season of In Treatment is as compelling and realistic as the previous two seasons. Paul is dealing with issues of health and family, and trying to come to terms with his previous work with Gina who has written a novel that has left Paul up-ended. He seeks out his own therapist, primarily because he has trouble sleeping but other issues come to the surface. He proves himself to be a difficult patient. Paul has three new patients this season. Sunil is a widow from Calcutta. His wife died six months ago and he has been brought to the United States where he is living with his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. The friction is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Frances is an actress and also the sister of a patient that Paul saw eighteen years ago. Frances's sister has breast cancer and Frances is struggling with the possibility that she, too, may carry the Br-CA gene. She has been separated from her husband for two years and feels alienated from her daughter. Jesse is a gay high school student with ADD who acts out sexually and drives Paul to distraction. Jesse was adopted and does not feel connected to his adopted parents. He has recently received a phone call from his birth mother and is vacillating about whether to call her or not.

This is the best show on television. The acting and writing are superb. As a retired therapist, I can vouch for the validity of the therapeutic process and sessions. Gabriel Byrne does it again. Don't miss this season.
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There was a great deal of unipolar depression littered along my family genetic tree. So that I got it as a young adult and needed this kind of long term treatment seemed inevitable. The way treatment is usually depicted in films and tv is that patient and therapist achieve a complete catharsis for the patient and the patient strides off towards what will now be a brilliant future which he or she will be able to handle without emotional turmoil. Sadly, this rosy treatment plan only exists in most screenwriters' imaginations.

The reality is that therapy is messy, as messy as life itself. It starts and stops like the rest of life starts and stops, not at any great dramatic points but at quite ordinary and often unresolved points. The patient teeters off to do life on his or her own for awhile and after some missteps will often come shakily back into therapy again with perhaps a different therapist. Although the therapist comes across as all knowing and wise in session, if you stumble across your therapist's personal life, you discover his or her personal life eclipses your own in sheer messiness.

This show captures the above like no other film or tv show ever has. It has done so for three seasons. It may have done it best in this season. Gabriel Byrne does a tour de force job as therapist Paul Weston and indeed very much reminds me of my own first therapist. This season we see him in therapy with a new woman therapist plus him as the therapist with three new patients. My personal favorite has always been to see Byrne's Paul Weston in therapy and this season is no exception to that. He is just a complete mess but in a wholly believable way.
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Therapists say that people come to therapy looking for a reason to blame their parents. Once they've found it they usually quit. The real work of therapy only starts when you discover that holding your parents responsible for your problems really doesn't solve as much as you thought it would. Good to have someone to blame.

'In Treatment's third year you will again find four half-hour episodes per week. The first three half-hours are Paul's ongoing sessions with his patients, and the final one brings us inside Paul's sessions with his therapist. His therapist for the first two years is gone, and a new one, Adele, is on the scene. And, she is a therapist that we all want. Intelligent and insightful, she brings Gabriel Byrne, Paul, to his senses. She will not allow him to wallow in his misery and points it out, weekly, with force.

the other three patients are a mixed group. Debra Winger as Frances, an actress who come to Paul when she begins to have trouble remembering her lines. Sunil, a new widower from India who has come to live with son and his family, deeply unhappy and seemingly in a depressed state. Jesse, an adopted gay teen who is promiscuous and torn between his lovers and his families. All of them fascinating in their own way, but it is Adele, played by Amy Ryan, who keeps our focus. Sharp, she begins to get inside Paul's head, and he begins to wonder if what he thought was true, indeed is.

Gabriel Byrne is a force to be reckoned with. His performance is award winning and so convincing that at times his wounds are palpable. Kudos to the staff and actors of this marvelous HBO show.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 12-08-10

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There is an uncanny intimacy in this season that makes the "fly on the wall" experience of the previous two seasons pale in comparison. Three new patients: the first is Sunil, a retired math professor from India who recently lost his wife and is now having difficulty adjusting to life in Brooklyn living with his physician son, literary agent daughter-in-law and their children. The second is Jesse a petulant and disturbed 17 year old homosexual who is dealing with family issues within his adoptive family, being contacted by his birth parents and general teen-age angst. The last patient is Frances, a semi well known actress currently starring in a Broadway play who initially starts treatment because she can't remember her lines. Equally, if not more compelling than the other patients is Paul Weston himself as he continues his own therapy with a new therapist, Adele, brilliantly portrayed by Amy Ryan. The intensity that Gabriel Byrne continues to bring to his role is staggering. In Treatment is one of my favorite shows and it is with bitter disappointment that we don't yet know if there will be a 4th season. God, I hope so.
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