The composer Gustave Mahler really did see Sigmund Freud for counselling. This film is a speculation on what happened at this meeting. It centers around Mahler's relation with his wife, Alma. He had recently discovered her infidelity. The film is set in 1910. Mahler was to die the next year, and Alma eventually married her lover, but these events don't make it into the film. It is known that after seeing Freud, Mahler encouraged Alma in her music and had some of her songs published. That was a sharp contrast with Mahler's insistence, before their marriage, that he wanted a wife and not a colleague, a remark that she took to forbid her from continuing her music career. She married him anyway. The film tells their story as Mahler's recollections as told to Freud. The emphasis is on Mahler's guilt. By forbidding her from music, he became responsible for her infidelity. So, this is the story of the repression of a talented woman and the unfortunate consequences. Other factors are mentioned, but the focus is on her repression. This interpretation of Alma is really a stretch. She seems to have had romantic relationships with every talented artist in turn of the century Vienna. Her history predates Mahler and extends well past him with a slew of famous trophy lovers. Adultery as a feminist act is hard to swallow, especially in her case. Still, this film is nicely done, the acting is good, and it is engaging. The music is, of course, Mahler’s. I found it odd that Alma's mother is almost always on screen. Her step-father gets a few lines; he is not identified as such--the film presumes you know who the characters are. If you're not familiar with early 20th century art, you may want to brush up before seeing the film. The film is in German with subtitles.