A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous Method

DVD - 2012
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The relationship between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung and his mentor Sigmund Freud is torn apart when Sabina Spielrein, a troubled but beautiful young woman, comes between them and forever changes the face of modern thought.

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JCLEdwardR Mar 28, 2017

2.5 on my scale is average. It did not leave a lasting impression but I enjoyed it well enough. I was certainly sucked in by the cast. Knightley, Mortensen, Fassbender as well as Vincent Cassel.

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TheSandoz
Aug 19, 2016

Not a very good movie considering the interesting subjects ( Freud & Jung ).

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Nursebob
Apr 29, 2016

Historically suspect and with a melodramatic sheen not quite shaken off by its star cast and painstaking attention to period detail, Cronenberg’s film—based on a novel and subsequent play—is still a literate and engrossing work especially when it reverts to its stage roots and treats us to a meeting of minds as Jung and Freud belt out ideas and argue the finer points of what makes men tick. As the film’s weakest link Knightley’s frenzied faces and shifting accent become distracting especially since her character appears to be little more than a personification of Jung’s own troubled libido—Sarah Gadon is far more convincing as the prim and demure Frau Jung who quietly overlooks her husband’s indiscretions while still holding on to him with a lacy fist. And veteran actor Vincent Cassel brings an earthy contrast to the role of Otto Gross, a disgraced therapist whose libertine philosophy of free will and unbridled pleasure may just be the only honest voice around.

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carlkrater
Dec 15, 2015

Enjoyable but Keira really needs a good meal.

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Je3000
Dec 11, 2015

Good movie. Keira Knightley is playing well with her Russian accent.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 14, 2015

David Cronenberg, often the director of strange films, directs this rather straight-forward story of the birth of psychoanalysis via Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. What we see is a story of the theories of sexual repression, its relationship to insanity, sexual freedom, and marital infidelity. Previously there was an older American film on the life of Freud, but that film could not even come close to reality because of censorship. Well, in this much newer film there is just enough censorship to avoid an NC-17 rating.

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eggomaniac
May 09, 2015

the greatest minds; still subjects of base emotions. < that's what I liked about the interplay between the characters. It did lead me to read a 1/2 dozen Articles. I'm wondering why Adler would have been neglected from the historical context.

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slarsen
Mar 09, 2015

Yawn.

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unoperrito
Feb 09, 2015

4 stars
Provocative look at Jung and the relationship between Jung & Freud.

7duffy Jan 04, 2015

Not what I expected from David Cronenberg on the birth of psycho-therapy, especially in regard to human sexuality, by Freud & Jung. A little bit light in the story telling and the attempts by Knightly to make up for it were not entertaining.

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2013

Carl Jung: Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable... just to be able to go on living.

Sigmund Freud: Experiences like this, however painful, are necessary and inevitable; without them, how can we know life?

Otto Gross: It seems to me the measure of the true perversity of the human race, that one of its very few reliably pleasurable activities should be the subject of so much hysteria and repression.

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Professor Bleuler: "Miss Spielrein?" Sabina Spielrein (cackling in muddy pond): "Herr Director." Professor Bleuler: "I feel you may have a little too much time on your hands. I'm a great believer in getting our patients involved in some productive work. What are your particular interests?" Sabina Spielrein: "Suicide. Interplanetary travel."

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Sabina Spielrein (to Carl Jung): "There's no hope for me... I'm vile and... filthy and, corrupt... I must... I must never be let out of here..."

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Carl Jung: "So you're... not a believer in monogamy..." Otto Gross: "For a neurotic like myself, I can't possibly imagine a more stressful concept." Carl Jung: "And you don't find it necessary, or... desirable to exercise some restraint, as a contribution, say, to the smooth function of civilization." Otto Gross: "What - and make myself ill?"

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 25, 2013

Sexual Content: Some nudity and S&M Situations.

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