Saturday, 4 February 2012

A Dangerous Method (2011)

A Dangerous Method is a 2011 Canadian historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play The Talking Cure, which was based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method: the story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein.

The film marks the third consecutive and overall collaboration between Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen (after A History of Violence and Eastern Promises). This is also the third Cronenberg film made with British film producer Jeremy Thomas, after completing together the William Burroughs adaptation Naked Lunch and the J.G. Ballard adaptation Crash. A Dangerous Method was a German/Canadian co-production. The film premiered at The 68th Venice Film Festival and was also featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Plot

Set on the eve of World War I, A Dangerous Method is based on the turbulent relationships between Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology, Sigmund Freud, founder of the discipline of psychoanalysis, and Sabina Spielrein, initially a patient of Jung and later a physician and one of the first female psychoanalysts.
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.


As of January 23, 2012, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 76% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 112 reviews. IMDb rated the film with a 6.9 out of 10 and Metacritic with a 76 out of 100. A Dangerous Method has also won several awards.

The Cast

Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein
 Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud
 Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung
 Vincent Cassel as Otto Gross
 Sarah Gadon as Emma Jung
 André Hennicke as Professor Eugen Bleuler
 Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey as Sandor Ferenczi
 Mignon Remé as Jung's Secretary
 Mareike Carrière as Food Nurse
 Franziska Arndt as Bath Nurse
 Wladimir Matuchin as Nikolai Spielrein

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