A Dangerous Method (2011)

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A Dangerous Method (2011)
  • Time: 99 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, Keira Knightley

Storyline:
Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender star in director David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s play detailing the deteriorating relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. The year is 1904. Carl Jung (Fassbender), a disciple of Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), is using Freudian techniques to treat Russian-Jewish psychiatric patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) at Burgh‚ÄĚlzli Mental Hospital. But the deeper Jung’s relationship with Spielrein grows, the further the burgeoning psychiatrist and his highly respected mentor drift apart. As Jung struggles to help his patient overcome some pressing paternal issues, disturbed patient Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel) sets out to test the boundaries of the doctor’s professional resolve.

One review

  • Michael Fassbender plays Carl Gustav Jung, Viggo Mortensen is Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley plays Sabina Spielrein in this snapshot of the birth of modern Psychiatry. Sadly, director David Cronenberg never gets the pace right and the movie suffers because of this. The 3 principle actors do a good job (although Knightley does a poor fake European accent). There are times when it appears the film is being done in slow motion, such is Cronenbergs lack of feeling for tempo. It is a bold attempt…however…to cover an important piece of history. It is quite amazing how Fassbender and Mortensen looked so much like the characters they were playing. Although there are flaws here, I enjoyed this. The interplay between Jung and Freud is interesting and well done. The complex relationship between Jung and Spielrein is also fascinating in a psycho–sexual way. Not a bad movie, but should have been better

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