The clip below is actually a documentary that looks at the difference between two kinds of treatment of children diagnosed as autistic. One is receiving “American” interventions and one receiving the standard (in France) psychoanalytic approach.
The film has been the subject of lawsuits, with some analysts interviewed claiming that they are misrepresented. For more, see the NY Times.
When you watch it, don’t miss the alligator as the mother, apparently a la Lacan. The discussion of what the pencil represents is wonderful. One would love a psychoanallytic account of who arrived at the idea of the father’s putting his penis in the alligator’s mouth. Hmmm. New paper: why Freud hated men.