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A Dangerous Method

Canada/Germany/Great Britain 2011. Dir: David Cronenberg. 99 min. DCP

David Cronenberg’s methods have always been dangerous — and highly provocative, and more than a little concerned with sexuality, the body, and the eruption of the repressed. How fitting, then, that he should turn his distinctive attention to an historical subject central to modern thought and Cronenberg’s pet themes: the story of Freud, Jung, and the birth of psychoanalysis. Adapted by Christopher Hampton from his play The Talking Cure, and set on the eve of WWI, A Dangerous Method casts Viggo Mortensen (in his third-consecutive Cronenberg film) as Freud; Michael Fassbender as his disciple Jung, and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, the sexually-alluring hysteric who brings them into conflict.

 

REVIEWS

"Perhaps Cronenberg's most transgressive movie yet, one in which ideas — rather than their fetishistic signifiers — possess more energy and verve than the most calculated shock effect."

Washington Post | full review

"It's a fiercely thoughtful film, a movie of ideas that understands how powerful ideas can be."

Slate | full review