By Philippe MORA


Comedy - Completed 1997

    • Year of production
    • 1997
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Philippe MORA
    • Writer(s)
    • Philippe MORA
    • Producer(s)
    • Philippe MORA
    • Synopsis
    • The Temporal Displacement Foundation is a posh mental asylum specializing in the treatment of patients who believe they are famous people from history. It is headed by Dr. Sam Cohen, a brilliant psychiatrist, whose therapy technique consists of re-enacting scenes from those historical figures' lives. These psychodramas are intended to provide a cathartic cure for the patients. The Hitler patient is particularly notable. Incredibly convincing, the patient is obviously a genius, able to spout any of Hitler's recorded speeches verbatim at the drop of a hat.
      With his unlimited theatrical budget, Cohen uses props, costumes and other therapists as actors to vividly re-enact the major public and private events in Hitler's life. Only traces of the patient remain as he chrages forward like a battering ram, giving hope to a frustrated nation. His appeal to the common people is evident by his faithful followers. Fired up by his many successes, he prematurely attempts a putsch in an effort to begin a new national government. This lands him in jail, where he manages to turn his mistake into success by writing most of "Mein Kampf", his popular testament. The patient is nearly forgotten as this ruthless and cruel dictator emerges. The psychodramas illuminate Hitler's strange relationshio with women, Hitler as a political strategist and Hitler as a psychopath. Those closest to him commit suicide or are murdered with astonishing frequency. When the Hitler patient finds out that Dr. Cohen is a Jew, he proves to be true to Hitler's nature in a strartling denouement.
      Starring Angus MacFadyen ("Braveheart," "Saw III"), Brion James (Robert Altman's "The Player"), Rene Auberjoinis ("Where the Buffalo Roam") and Mena Suvari ("American Beauty").