Stark raving mad, young Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) is sent to a mental institution in vibrant 1904 Zürich. She is placed under the care of Dr Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) who subjects her to the new and controversial methods of his mentor, Doctor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). During the treatment, Jung initiates an affair with Sabina and an intense intellectual struggle with Freud. Gradually the trio’s sexual, professional, and intellectual dynamic spirals toward a collapse.

After a celebrated career of visceral horror films on the subject of bodily mutations, director David Cronenberg now examines the very mechanisms behind his visions in this subversive dramatization of the birth of psychoanalysis. Through the actors, Cronenberg internalizes the motifs of his previous work, creating a different kind of horror and yet, at the same time, he still remains obsessed over dark sexual desires. This adaptation of John Kerr’s book is arguably the director’s most challenging and emotional film to date, in which every utterance and composition has a double meaning.

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Title
A Dangerous Method
Director
David Cronenberg
Country
Canada/ Germany/ UK/ Switzerland
Length
99 min
Festival
2011
Section
Open Zone
Language
German/ English
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon
Producer
Jeremy Thomas
Script
Christopher Hampton, John Kerr
Music
Howard Shore

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