Is ‘The Lighthouse’ Just One Big Freudian Sex Dream?


Is The Lighthouse meant to be taken literally—or is it just one big symbolic mind-f*ck?

This Psych Cinema focuses on the psychological thriller starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. The Lighthouse is riddled with psychological metaphors, including numerous Freudian elements regarding sexual repression. This movie is heavy-handed with sexual imagery while incorporating elements about isolation and suggestion.

Therapist Jonathan Hetterly analyzes how The Lighthouse highlights Freud’s ideologies of sexual repression, isolation, and brainwashing.

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