Freudian Nightmare - Supernatural Rom Com
GENRE: Dark Romantic Comedy with a supernatural element
TONE: Ghost meets American Beauty
THEME: Sigmund Freud got it wrong. As one of the intellectual giants of the last century, his theories have outlived him. While our early childhood experiences and our sexual libido may drive some of our life’s decisions, he neglected to mentioned that our SOUL (and possibly our past lives) also play a big part in the motivations in our lives.
SIGMUND FREUD wants another chance at life to finish some unresolved business from his past life and has chosen RENAIA BATEMAN (40) as his future mother. She desperately wants a baby, but her world-famous psychiatrist husband, NORMAN BATEMAN (55) has secretly promised his spoiled, inappropriate daughter from his first marriage, KIMMY BATEMAN (21) that he would get a vasectomy as a birthday present to her so she won’t ever have to share her father’s affection with anyone else.
Sigmund follows Renaia everywhere until she finally sees him and can communicate with him. At first, she’s thinks she’s a schizophrenic or may be having an adverse reaction to the fertility drugs she has been secretly taking. Her co-owner at the yoga studio, ELLA (50) sees Sigmund’s spirit before she does and reassures Renaia that she’s not crazy.
Set in any affluent suburb outside of a big city, their lavish lifestyle gives rise to a Freudian-inspired family dysfunction. As classic Narcissists, Norman and Kimmy have little empathy for Renaia. This dark comedy celebrates the quirks of being human and explores the interplay between Freud’s theory of the libido and a more profound illumination of the soul, both of which have a great impact on our behavior, our emotions, and our lives.
A series of ‘Freudian nightmares’ drive the plot forward, bringing Renaia and Sigmund to a climatic and revealing moment. Norman has “banked” some sperm in anticipation of his vasectomy. As she’s about to get artificially inseminated with it and give Sigmund another chance to be reincarnated, Sigmund stops her and reveals Norman’s infidelity with both men and women.
Sigmund professes his love for Renaia and doesn’t want her forever tied to such a horrible, Narcissistic man. Sigmund forfeits his reincarnation in a gesture of his undying love.
Renaia and Norman have a confrontation. She leaves Norman. Kimmy gets her dad all to herself, but discovers that he has been having sex with his male friend, his urologist. As a classic Narcissist, she’s upset that he’s not attracted to women who look like her.
By leaving Norman, Renaia gives herself second chance to find happiness on her own. She leaves them all behind, arguing and miserable, and walks out.
Ella hypnotizes Renaia into a past life regression, which reveals her romance with Sigmund from their previous lifetimes. Renaia is the incarnation of his greatest love, a country girl named, Gisela Fluss. Sigmund regretted leaving her and giving into the pressure from his mother to marry someone Jewish. Renaia understands Sigmund’s profound love as she re-experiences the last time they saw one another in their past lives.
Renaia married Norman because her soul longed for Sigmund, or someone like Sigmund, an Uber-Shrink. Sigmund chose Renaia as his mother so he could be close to her in this next lifetime.
The final scene takes place one year later as Renaia nurses her new baby girl and lives with a sexy, younger man (the Italian gardner). Her baby gives the ‘signal’ that Sigmund promised Renaia he’d give her so she’d know that it was really him. Is he truly back or does she just really miss him deep down in her soul?