A Dangerous Method
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From acclaimed director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) comes a dark tale of sexual and intellectual discovery, featuring two of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender, Shame) has just begun his psychiatric career, having been inspired by the great Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen, The Lord of the Rings trilogy). When a mysterious and beautiful woman (Keira Knightley, Atonement) goes under Jung’s care, Jung finds himself crossing the line of the doctor/patient relationship, causing great conflict with his mentor and making Jung question his own morality in the process.
With a lucid analyst's eye, director David Cronenberg turns his steady gaze toward a trio of brilliant people in the early, and somehow defining, years of the 20th century. In Zurich, a young psychoanalyst named Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes on an intellectually gifted but deeply neurotic young woman, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), as a patient. Through the course of a lengthy analysis, their relationship takes a turn for intimacy, despite professional policy against such encounters. Meanwhile, Jung is entwined in another important relationship, with psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), whose enthusiasm about Jung being the golden boy of the science will eventually dim. What's bracing in Cronenberg's keen reading of this situation, based on Christopher Hampton's script, is that no aspect of this situation is more important than any other; the sexual tumbling between Jung and Spielrein might provide a few hotsy moments, but the careful lines traced between Freud's pragmatic wisdom and Jung's idealistic ventures into the mystic are equally significant. The tenor of the acting is similarly well judged; Fassbender and Mortensen are finely drawn, while Knightley's explosions are necessary for uncomfortable contrast. (Vincent Cassel contributes a few memorable scenes as the rule-breaking Otto Gross, a talented but unbalanced analyst himself.) If you go to movies to turn your brain off, go somewhere else; there are enough ideas loose in this superb film to keep you up at night, in a good way. --Robert Horton
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The movie <A Dangerous Method> was kind of tepid small movie that is not all David Cronenber name big sign all written down movie.
It is about Keira Knightley, a mentally problem woman who has a relationship with a doctor Michael Fassbender. Their doctor. patient relationship become sexual but soon it becomes colleague and she becomes a lover of the doctor. And then she becomes interested in psycology and eventually becomes part of that business.
The movie was kind of boring and most of all, I cannot smell anything, any trace that this movie was made by David Conenberg. This was his first movie about the modern days and he didn't melt it well into his own story. He was just lost in the different era.
The result was just boring and even the Keira Knightley was trying so hard to look like she has problem that I was feeling that I want to go to the location and say to her that 'Hey, you are trying too hard to look like you are crazy that you are no more look like one anymore.'
All the other actors are doing their best but sadly none of them were charming at this time. After the movie, I remembered none.
Even the story, I quite didn't know what the director was about to say.
I could say something like Sigmund and Carl are trying to find out the best way to treat the mentally ill pacient. But I don't see how hard they try.
Although the way Keira suffered was not really that painful to feel as an audience. I looked like she was acting so hard to look like one. That's all.
I figured out that even the great director like him can be failed from time to time and this is one of them.
There is a stoic nature to the drama which is understandable reflecting the need for professionalism that had to be championed to popularize the talking cure.
Kiera Knightley plays a patient both doctors worked with and that's where it all gets interesting because the relationship between the two men and the patient they have in common and her story literally determined the whole direction of self discovery and its limits we must continue to consider today. Fascinating.
Cronenberg continues his love for psycho-drama to where it can really stand the test of time in this piece of human history that really affected me more looking back on the movie than the experience watching it which is good.
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Other than that, the movie sucks, the ending is abrupt and sucks.Read more