David Cronenberg's film, which stars Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender, explores Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung's falling-out over a beautiful, sexually hysterical patient.
“We have to go into uncharted territory,” the psychiatrist Carl Jung observes in regard his own pioneering work, and the complex, fascinating topic of Jung's and Sigmund Freud's touchy relationship and eventual falling out over a beautiful, sexually hysterical patient has been grippingly explored by director David Cronenberg and writer Christopher Hampton in A Dangerous Method. Precise, lucid and thrillingly disciplined, this story of boundary-testing in the early days of psychoanalysis is brought to vivid life by the outstanding lead performances of Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender. Sure to be well received by festival audiences in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York (except, perhaps, by orthodox adherents of both physicians), this Sony Classics release should enjoy a vigorous life in specialized release.
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