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“Psychmovies” Movie Assignment:
“Antwone Fisher”
For this movie assignment I decided to watch the movie “Antwone Fisher”. The movie is based on a true story about how Antwone, a young navy man, was forced to see a psychiatrist due to a fight he had with a crewmember. During the course of his treatment many things are discovered about his past. The psychiatrist named Jerome Davenport, a commander played by Denzel Washington, began the sessions by having a stern, but understanding appearance. Using his rank, his looks and his words, he portrays many different roles. During the first session, the atmosphere is a little tense and awkward. They both knew that he [Antwone] did not want to be there and was only there because he was forced to go. After a small amount of silence, Dr. Davenport [Denzel Washington] asked a simple question that Antwone did not want to answer. He mentions to him that he makes his evaluation after 3 sessions. Resistance begins after this and continues for several sessions. Because the psychiatrist was trying to give an evaluation of Antwone, this movie gave an example of a counselor’s assessment rather than simply finding a diagnosis. On a side note, Dr. Davenport, as a psychiatrist on a navy base, would be used to this type of resistance, but watching him sit around patiently waiting for Antwone to say something was surprising for me. I would have expected him to take his not talking for the first 3 sessions as part of his evaluation and just send him on his way. Instead Dr. Davenport patiently waits, reads, eats, and watches until Antwone finally slips up by clearing his throat, which strikes up a conversation. During the first official session, Dr. Davenport waits for him to speak, as if taking on a person-centered approach and waiting for him to share. Antwone feels uncomfortable and asks if he [Davenport] is supposed to ask him questions. The response to this was not what I expected. I thought Dr. Davenport might come out with how...
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