A Dangerous Method

2011

A Dangerous Method

Critics Consensus

A provocative historical fiction about the early days of psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method is buoyed by terrific performances by Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen.

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Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A Dangerous Method. Jung's weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Both men fall under Sabina's spell. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

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Cast

Keira Knightley
as Sabina Spielrein
Viggo Mortensen
as Sigmund Freud
Vincent Cassel
as Otto Gross
Sarah Gadon
as Emma Jung
André Hennicke
as Professor Eugen Bleuler
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey
as Sándor Ferenczi
Mignon Reme
as Jung's Secretary
Mareike Carriere
as Food Nurse
Franziska Arndt
as Bath Nurse
Wladimir Matuchin
as Nikolai Spielrein
André Dietz
as Medical Policeman
Anna Thalbach
as Bathtub Patient
Sarah Marecek
as Orchard Nurse
Björn Geske
as Orderly
Markus Haase
as Orderly
Christian Serritiello
as Ship's Officer
Clemens Giebel
as Ship's Steward
Theo Meller
as Karl Abraham
Jost Grix
as Leonhard Seif
Severin von Hoensbroech
as Johan van Ophuijsen
Torsten Knippertz
as Ernest Jones
Dirk S. Greis
as Franz Riklin
Katharina Palm
as Martha Freud
Nina Azizi
as Minna Bernays
Julie Chevallier
as Anna Freud
Cynthia Cosima
as Sophie Freud
Mirko Guckeisen
as Ernst Freud
Julia Mack
as Mathilde Freud
Andrea Magro
as Jean Freud
Aaron Keller
as Oliver Freud
Nadine Salomon
as Maid at Freud's House
Naike Jaszczyk
as Agathe Jung
Sarah Adams
as Gret Jung
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  • Nov 17, 2013
    "A Dangerous Method" is a really remarkable film. It tells the tale of the origins of psychoanalysis and the competition between its founder Sigmund Freud (here played by Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), who stood to inherit psychoanalysis and continue to promulgate the ideas, until Freud and Jung had a falling out. The film is quite historically accurate, according to the biographies and letters of both Freud and Jung. Viewers will also be impressed by Kiera Knightley's role as Sabina Spielrein. Highly recommended.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2013
    I'm with those who felt indifferent to this. Nothing awful to hate, but nothing to think wow, great movie. One off view was more than enough for me. Keira's acting is maybe slightly overdone at the beginning. I do like her, but not so much in this role. Overall movie is a little dry and dull for my taste the.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2013
    The acting is above average, but not great. Even if the story is true, it's still uninspiring -- and frankly, I was bored. The costumes, hair and lighting were all high-quality.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2013
    Taking place in the decade leading up to WWI, this period piece/historical fiction is as standoffish and mannered as the era it represents. Director David Cronenberg does not fail to show us sexual fetishes, and the "madness" of Jung's patient Sabina Spielrein, but somehow it all comes off as sterile as a psychoanalysis session (although a beautifully filmed one). I was originally taken by the intellectual arguments between Jung and his hero/mentor Sigmund Freud, but by the end of the film it all seemed an overblown bit of psycho babble for me - all self important and really coming down to nothing special at all. I blame the script and direction for this, as really the performances, especially that of Vigo Mortenson as Freud, were top notch; even if Kiera Knighly's Spielrein seemed too bi-polar for my tastes and her mad mannerisms didn't seem to fit her illness. Taking into consideration that a fair part of the story involves Jung's dream of feeling trapped by his wife and children, this still didn't give Cronenberg license to rinse and repeat - 2 years later another child is born. Followed by a scene marked as "a year later in Vienna", followed by "a year later another.... You get the idea. I'm truly vexed over what could have been here - and I really wanted this film to shine; but in spite of the fascinating subject matter concerning these two titans of psychoanalysis I'm left feeling that there was so much more to be had here than the story presented, and more so, the way it was presented. I'm also not completely sold in Cronenberg's depiction of Jung as some kind of psychic channelor - able to reach into the great beyond for portents of upcoming events. To me this seemed like an easy way to explore the differences in Freud's practices and the theorums that Jung was to later expouse. Add that the great schism between the two minds held very little drama and the interplay between doctor and patient (who later became a doctor in her own right) lacked any sense of urgency or pathos and you get a film that, while interesting in part, overall suffered from too much navel contemplation.
    paul s Super Reviewer

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