It’ll be interesting to see how audiences who haven’t read Life of Pi, Yann Martel’s 2001 novel respond to director Ang Lee’s vision of the colorful tale. Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel is a twice-strangely-monikered, religiously insatiable 16-year-old Indian boy immigrating by freighter from Pondicherry to Canada with his parents, brother and the animal inhabitants of their family zoo who finds himself the sole human survivor of a shipwreck at sea.
The book is a rare hybrid: gripping survival thriller crossed with metaphysics and theology. That hybrid paid off in spades: it was both a runaway best-selling and massive award winner, starting with the Man Booker Prize in the UK. The story is bold and fantastical, yet as I remember it also dwelled for long, engaging stretches on the tedium and loneliness of sole survival at sea, with the world narrowed to Pi’s all-consuming counting of the cans of potable water and the packets of sea biscuits.
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Although I don’t have much personal experience with psychology or analysis, I can certainly appreciate good acting and stories when I see them. I’m talking, of course, about HBO’s show In Treatment which returns next week for its third season on the network.
In case you’re not familiar with the show, it features Gabriel Byrne as Dr. Paul Weston who treats his patients while also exploring what’s wrong with himself. This season Byrne is joined by new cast members Dane DeHaan, Irrfan Khan, Amy Ryan and Debra Winger who will all be his patients and hopefully get some insight into their own problems while helping Byrne’s character solve his own.
There will be two new half-hour episodes debuting back-to-back on Monday, October 25 at 9/8C and two more new episodes back-to-back on Tuesday, October 26 at the same time. To get you ready for the debut we’ve got two videos to share with you today.
Watch and enjoy after the jump.
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