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Movie Review: A Dangerous Method

Released in cinemas on 10th February 2012 and directed by David Cronenberg A Dangerous Method is a controversial and provocative look at the early days of Psychoanalysis.

The film is set on the eve of WW1 and charts the relationship between Dr Carl Jung (Micheal Fassbender) and his friend and mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen).

When a new patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly) proves to be both challenging and exciting the two men find themselves competing for her love.This turn of events spirals into a tale of deviance, deceit and ambition with the consequences affecting all parties.

A Dangerous Method has been adapted by Christopher Hampton from his play The Talking Cure the story which was based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method: the story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein. This film is not just about sex although at times it is very sexual. It is a dark complex tale of the human condition and how powerful an idea can be.

All the actors give outstanding performances, but it is the troubled and emotionally damaged Sabina that audiences will remember. It is shot against a backdrop of gleaming Swiss lakes, elegant houses and period costumes that perfectly reflect the state of the country as it was.

A Dangerous Method does not altogether make for comfortable viewing, yet if you want to watch a film that will make you think then this is it.


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