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A Dangerous Method

Posted on the 11 November 2011 by Kaiser31083 @andythemovieguy
A Dangerous MethodIn 1904 Switzerland, a beautiful medical student (Keira Knightley) who has just had a psychotic break is sent to be treated by Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Using methods developed by his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), Jung makes great progress but finds himself drawn to the masochistic woman and begins an intense physical relationship with her. As Jung continues his tempestuous affair with his patient while laying the groundwork for psychotherapy with his hero, both relationships threaten to boil over and explode. "A Dangerous Method" is a sumptuous and incredibly well staged period piece from David Cronenberg, which is different from what we've come to expect from the cult Canadian director, altough there are still a few bizarre moments sprinkled here and there. Fassbender, who has emerged as a major film presence within the past year or so, gives an indelible, restrained performance as the famous Swiss psychiatrist. Knightley has a difficult task which I'm not sure she's entirely successful at, and her contribution to the film comes off as mannered. Mortensen, reuniting with Cronenberg for third time, gives a fantastic supporting turn as the father of psychiatry. Vincent Cassel also makes a brief but welcomed appearance as a polygamist doctor seeking Jung's help. "A Dangerous Mind" is a refined and unexpected if slightly slow moving picture that offers a great showcase for Fassbender and Mortensen.

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