Sony Pictures Classics has released the official trailer for Matt Brown’s “Freud’s Last Session” starring Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Goode and Liv Lisa Fries. The film will have its world premiere at the AFI Film Festival this week and will come to theaters in limited release on December 22nd, 2023.
Plot Synopsis: September 3, 1939: Two days after Hitler invades Poland, and as the threat of German bombs rattles England, Sigmund Freud watches the world go mad. Having fled Nazi forces invading his homeland, Freud has brought his family from Vienna to London, where he’s visited by author and Oxford theologian C.S. Lewis. Lewis — whose Chronicles of Narnia books would later bring him world wide acclaim — is an atheist turned devout Christian hoping to confront the “Father of Psychoanalysis” about the gap between science and religion, faith and logic, and how studying the mind may miss the path of the soul. Through a colorful, sometimes contentious day-long debate, the two work to see the other’s point of view while Britain enters WWII, Freud’s daughter Anna reconciles hard truths within herself and her own career as an analyst, and Freud faces the cancer that will soon be the cause of his death.
What do you all think of the trailer? This looks much better than I initially expected and seems to be more than just a chamber piece between two phenomenal actors. Anthony Hopkins, in particular, has been on a possible career-best run these last few years with incredible performances in “The Two Popes,” “The Father,” “Armageddon Time,” “Westworld” and the upcoming “One Life.” Matthew Goode remains such an underrated actor. The trailer shows a lot of verbal sparring between him and Hopkins on the nature of God, death, etc. Hopefully, it will show everyone what a true talent he is as the two seem to be working off each other to such a high level of quality, backed by what sounds like a layered, character-driven script by Mark St. Germain. I really appreciated Matt Brown’s work on “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and look forward to seeing what he brings to this at AFI Film Fest this week, where the film will have its world premiere. What do you all think? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or our Twitter account.