In A Dangerous Method, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) suffers from hysteria and is sent to hospital in 1904. Her doctor, Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), eventually leads her down the path of sanity, psychology, and – once she’s better – sexual experience. Beside the fact that she’s a patient, Jung is also married with children. Tsk tsk.
Interested in the advances in psychology, Jung meets a doctor with an odd take on the matter. The man’s thoughts are outrageous, even scandalous for the time, but Jung sees sense in the man’s words, and so he joins Sigmund Freud in his research. Jung eventually views Freud (Viggo Mortensen) as a father figure, and Freud sees Jung as his successor. Together they explore the realm of psychoanalysis, but a disagreement (and a scandal propelled by Spielrein) soon threatens to ruin their collaboration.
Based on the play, The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton, that was based on the book, A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr, the film, directed by David Cronenberg, creates a fascinating view into the lives of Jung and Freud . . . and if you had trouble following that succession, it’s probably because you have unresolved issues with your father.
Mortensen steps comfortably into the shoes of Freud, Fassbender does a great job as Jung, and Knightley, well . . . if you can get past her hairball-inducing hysteria act, rouge nipples, and fleeting accent – does a good job portraying Spielrein. The script is well written and the film is intriguing, even for non-Freudians.
Explore the birth of psychoanalysis in A Dangerous Method, now on DVD (RRP$39.95 or Blu Ray RRP$49.95).
Category: Film & TV