A Dangerous Method [2011] Movie Review Recommendation

A Dangerous Method [2011]

After four long years we finally have a new Cronenberg movie… A Dangerous Method is based on a novel/play/true events surrounding Jung, Freud, and their patient Sabina Spielrein. Lets begin with the story that is almost too perfect, especially if you like psychology. Study of characters, their actions, dreams and many more interesting things is so visceral and vivid that only a brutal director like this could make it work. I did not get that confined vibe that everyone is talking about because the movie is based on a play. I found every shot meaningful and worth an exceptional amount of attention. Here nothing is random or accidental, everything means something and we the viewers have the task of uncovering the truth. This whole thing can be summed up in a scene where Jung is testing his wife with the help from Sabina. It isn’t dumbed down or simplified and yet it is perfectly understandable. My only complaint is that the dialog was a bit too technical and emotionless, but I guess that it had to be something….

Carl Jung a practitioner of analytical psychology, just got a new patient. Very violent, incoherent and yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein, a young student in his field of science that has serious psychological problems. She seems like a perfect candidate for his new therapy of talking to patients in order to cure them. At the same time Jung is in correspondence with Sigmund Freud, a sort of a father figure to him, discussing Sabina’s case and other stuff. Among them is the approach to the foundations of their new science psychoanalysis that they have a disagreement on. Jung, a family man, and a very straight guy suddenly starts having impure thoughts about his patient. Is she manipulating him or the feelings are true, and how this will reflect his relationship with his mentor Freud is up to you to find out, enjoy….

Director: David Cronenberg

Cast: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon

Fun Facts: When Otto Gross and Carl Jung discuss issues of morality and monogamy, not only are they sitting in an orchard (a reference to the Garden of Eden), but Otto, serving as Jung’s aid, is dressed in black and sitting to Jung’s left.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1571222/

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