Psyche Goes To The Movies, a film series that looks at the portrayal of mental health and madness in film, continues in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. The films are free and open to the public. Each screening will be followed by a lively discussion of the issues raised in the film.

On May 9, the series will screen “Ordinary People,” an extraordinary film that was Robert Redford’s first work as a film director. The story concerns an upper middle class family, the parents portrayed by Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland, devastated by the accidental drowning of their oldest son, Buck.  His younger brother Conrad (Timothy Hutton) becomes severely depressed following Buck’s death. Judd Hirsch’s portrayal of the psychiatrist offers one of the best dramatizations of a psychotherapist at work in a feature film. “Ordinary People” won Oscars for Best Film, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay; Hutton received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

On May 23, the series offers “Mumford,” which tells the story of two Mumfords – one a small town, the other a man. Mumford, the town, is full of people with problems, from the shopaholic housewife (Mary McDonnell), the pulp-fantasizing pharmacist (Pruitt Taylor Vince), and the anorexic teenager (Zooey Deschanel). No one seems to give a second thought to who the man Mumford (Loren Dean) is behind his therapeutic face, not even his slightly sardonic neighbor (Alfre Woodard). It is not until he befriends a sweetly daft computer billionaire (Jason Lee) and starts treating a chronically fatigued young woman (Hope Davis) that his past — or rather, lack of one — starts coming into play, for it turns out that Mumford is not exactly who he says he is.

The series and discussions are hosted by Cheryl Fuller, is a Jungian psychotherapist who lives in Belfast. For more information, call the library at 338-3884.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to