A chronicle of the turbulent relationships between three of the main figures of psychoanalysis: Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein. Based on the 2002 play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton.
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A natural progression in the remarkable career of David Cronenberg keeping to his themes of transgression, identity and the body politic. The performance he has brought out of Keira Knightly is extraordinary. Cronenberg's regular team of craftsmen are well up to the challenge here making the film a visual delight as well. Hampton's script is excellent well served by Cronenberg's exquisite direction.
Given how much Keira Knightley overacts with her lower jaw - at least early in the film - I guess we all should be thankful that Cronenberg hasn't leapt on the 3D bandwagon yet. Apart from that, a surprisingly bland effort from him this time.
don't be fooled by the BBC costuming, the usual cronenbergisms are alive and well. like the other chapters of his viggo trilogy, the genre set-up transforms into a murky tide of psychological doubling, miscegenation terror and sexual panic. "method" may lack the austere wallop of "a history of violence," but its academic subject matter allows the director new opportunities to make his compulsions gleefully literal.
What I find amazing is that Keira Knightley managed to convince so many people that she actually possesses some sort of acting ability. All I see every time she's on screen is an overacting fest. Oh well. Amazingly not even Fassbender and Mortensen do very well either in this film even though they are excellent actors. Overall I thought it was pretty bad.
A drama concerning the constant repositioning/reframing of power dynamics amongst the key players of psychoanalysis, where their blatant self-involved honesty with each other only serves a different sort of repression of their motivations, ultimately destroying them all. Blink and you'll miss it. (Also contains the most intellectual and surprising 'That's what she said' joke in existence).--PolarisDiB
After months of waiting, it was a total disappointment to watch this film. I would rather keep my own projections of the historical events, people and the atmospheres of the story in my mind and assume I have never watched it. The film itself kicks back the potential of what psychoanalytical knowledge would feed the visuals and acting, in fact there is no attempt to engage the audience.