Institute History

  • 2005 Sundance Film Festival


It is 1913 in Barcelona, and beautiful Alma arrives home one day to find that her psychiatrist husband has mysteriously disappeared, just days before his hero, Dr. Sigmund Freud, is scheduled to lecture. Undeterred by the fact that she is glowingly, gloriously nine months pregnant, Alma immediately enlists her flustered, straightlaced brother-in-law (also a psychiatrist) to assist her in a Sherlock Holmes-style investigation. Convinced that a sexual liaison is at the bottom of her husband's disappearance, Alma looks to his current thesis, in which he describes his Freudian analysis of four "hysterical" women, for clues. The ensuing caper takes intrepid, bright-eyed Alma and her reluctant brother-in-law—who, incidentally, is madly in love with her—on a madcap ride through various startling and sexy situations.

Filled with sparkling intelligence and infused with a lush, golden light, Joaquín Oristrell's deliciously fun Unconscious is an absolute delight. With a charming cast that is more than up to the task at hand (Leonor Watling and Luis Tosar are at their mischievous best as coconspirators in a hilarious game of cat and mouse), this breathless Freudian adventure is a truly inspired cocktail of sexual complexes, mistaken identity, and good old-fashioned lust.

— Elizabeth Richardson

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