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The Prince of Tides is a portrayal of the roller coaster of emotions that an occurrence can throw someone into It is also a representation of what obvious or concealed reactions can be produced by these emotions Because communication is a fundamental building block for relationships it is no surprise that Tom Wingo built a barricade which restricted any connection with his parents siblings and his significant other He is distant and frigid with his partner and doubts his own parenting abilities The factors which instigate the obstruction of communication in Toms life are not evident to the viewer until the later part of the film Upon introduction Tom appears to be a loving father who appears to be having difficulty dealing with his issue of unemployment As we get to know and understand his character and experience what he does we discover that there are much deeper rooted concerns that are affecting his psyche Due to his sisters attempted suicide and his mothers inability to cope Tom must go to New York and take care of matters with his sister and her psychiatrist Tom doesnt fully understand what he is taking on or what his expected responsibilities are but he leaves his wife and children and heads to the Big Apple where he meets with Dr Susan Lowenstein In the beginning like most he is apprehensive to release any recollections ideas thoughts or feelings to this woman she is a stranger they do not have common ground and he feels that it is his sister that needs the psychiatrist not he Tom is dry and sarcastic and masks any sentiment with cynicism or a joke Lowenstein immediately sees through this front and begins to create an environment where the pretenses can dissolve and she can help Tom and his sister Tom does take the first steps on his own He is aware of himself and the issues and what has generated these issues He
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