David Cronenberg, a filmmaker with a peerless grasp on the mysteries of the mind and the body, turns his attention to a seminal chapter in the founding of psychoanalysis. Adapted from Christopher Hampton’s play A Talking Cure, A Dangerous Method charts the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his protégé turned dissenter Carl Jung, as it was shaped by the case of Sabine Spielrein, a young Russian Jewish patient of Jung’s. Cronenberg brilliantly dramatizes not just the rivalry and rupture between two pioneers who defined a field but also the birth of their groundbreaking theories of the unconscious and the forces of Eros and Thanatos. Featuring an electrifying trio of lead actors, who turn near-mythic figures into flesh and blood, this is a film of tremendous vigor and ambition, a historical drama that brings ideas to life. —NYFF
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father’s path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12), Cronenberg graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Literature after switching from the science department. He reached the cult status of horror-meister with the gore-filled, modern-vampire variations of Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), following an experimental apprenticeship in independent filmmaking and in Canadian television programs.
Cronenberg gained popularity with the head-exploding, telepathy-based Scanners (1981) after the release of the much underrated, controversial, and autobiographical The Brood (1979). Cronenberg become a sort… read more
Keira Knightley ruins up the whole thing with caricatural and systematic acting... I could have been a really great film. 3/5
It started out pretty good, I even liked Knightley's acting, but it lacked a whole lot of Freud. Then Freud arrived for good and it was not that great. All and all, it is a good movie, but it lacks something in the second half and it never recovers. And Fassbender was specially boring.
Wow! Everybody's hating on Keira, but I LIKE her a lot, so more the fool me. I wasn't thrilled with Fassbender or Mortensen in this film, which is unusual, esp. as regards Mortensen and his other excellent collaborations with Cronenberg. The film was just OK. Vincent Cassel was a standout, as always.
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