DANGEROUS METHOD

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A DANGEROUS METHOD

David Cronenberg
GB/D/Kanada/F/CH, 2011
Fiction, 92min, OmdU

A DANGEROUS METHOD

David Cronenberg
GB/D/Kanada/F/CH, 2011
Fiction, 92min, OmdU

Cast: 
Viggo Mortensen
Sigmund Freud
Keira Knightley
Sabina Spielrein
Michael Fassbender
Carl Gustav Jung
Sarah Gadon
Emma Jung
Vincent Cassel
Otto Gross
André Hennicke
Professor Eugen Bleuler
Screenplay: 
Christopher Hampton nach seinem Theaterstück «A Talking Cure» und nach John Kerrs Buch «A Most Dangerous Method»
Sound: 
Ronald Sanders
Camera: 
Peter Suschitzky
Editor: 
Ronald Sanders
Composer: 
Howard Shore
Decoration: 
James McAteer
Costume: 
Denise Cronenberg

Production: 
Recorded Picture Company Lago Film, Prospero Pictures Millbrook Pictures
World Sales: 
HanWay Films
Distribution in Austria: 
Universal Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Repression runs rampant, with sexual and romantic desires subsumed beneath societal and ethical constructs in a manner echoed by David Cronenberg’s expertly composed direction. For his tale of the intellectual relationship – and, later, battle – between Carl Gustav Jung and his idol/mentor Sigmund Freud, Cronenberg employs a cool, refined period-décor formalism, his camera movements as deliberate as his characters’ external appearances are polished and restrained, and yet his placement of figures within his frame boast the same electric charge as his subjects’ roiling thoughts and passions. Cronenberg’s focus remains, as always, on issues of mind/body invasion, corruption, and rebirth, which here revolves around Jung’s relationship with patient Sabina Spielrein, who, over the course of the next decade, eventually takes Jung into her bed before finding herself inadvertently in the middle of his war with Freud. (Nick Schager)