A Dangerous Method

September 30th, 2011

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A Dangerous Method

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A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.7/10 (15,672 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: David Cronenberg

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Writers: Christopher Hampton, John Kerr

Keira Knightley - Sabina Spielrein
Viggo Mortensen - Sigmund Freud
Michael Fassbender - Carl Jung
Vincent Cassel - Otto Gross
Sarah Gadon - Emma Jung
André Hennicke - Professor Eugen Bleuler
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey - Sandor Ferenczi
Mignon Remé - Jung's Secretary
Mareike Carrière - Food Nurse
Franziska Arndt - Bath Nurse
Wladimir Matuchin - Nikolai Spielrein
André Dietz - Medical Policeman
Anna Thalbach - Bathtub Patient
Sarah Marecek - Orchard Nurse
Bjorn Geske - Orderly


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Release Date: 30 September 2011

Filming Locations: Bodensee, Bavaria, Germany

Box Office Details

Budget: €15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €438,556 (Italy) (2 October 2011) (121 Screens)

Gross: $5,199,783 (USA) (19 February 2012)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

According to Keira Knightley, at first she didn't know how to play her character's hysteria. When she read some of Spielrein's notes she noticed the woman described her condition as being like "a demon or a dog". Knightley then started to pull faces and contacted David Cronenberg through Skype to show him the results until they both agreed on one.

Anachronisms: The sailboat that Jung's wife gives him is clearly very modern with Dacron sails, nylon rigging and stainless steel cleats, none of which existed at the time.

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

User Review

There's Something Missing Here...

Rating: 6/10

I must admit, going into this film, I was rather excited; I've enjoyed both of David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen's previous collaborations and my interest in both Freudian psychology/psychoanalysis and Michael Fassbender practically guaranteed that I would be seeing this film. I fear now, however, that my expectations may have been a bit too high.

I must admit, however, that I thought that Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen played their roles very well, although Mortensen definitely didn't receive as much screen time as he deserved. Vincent Cassel definitely shone in his extended cameo as Otto Gross. I did have some issues with Keira Knightly's acting, however. I feel like she may have over exaggerated her actions, particularly in the beginning scenes where she is in the midst of hysteria.

However, my real problem with this film is that, for lack of a better term, it all seems a little too shallow. Events that should be important are skimmed over and not explained; to be honest, it doesn't particularly seem like anything of real importance happens in the film. The characters have little depth; despite the fact that they are all playing rather well known persons, there simply isn't anything to them other than a name. On top of this, despite what the taglines of the film and trailer seem to suggest, the relationship between Freud and Jung is hardly explored. For the most part, their scenes involve reading letters from the other. This is hardly compelling viewing.

Overall, I feel like this film would have been better if it had been longer. If the film had a running time of even two hours, compared to one and a half, more character development could have been inserted, particularly for Freud. In addition, more focus on Jung's relationship with Freud, rather than his relationship with Spielrein, would have been nice to see.

Here's hoping that any future collaborations between Cronenberg and Mortensen pack a bit more of a punch.

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