A Dangerous Method Poster

Release Date: 2011

DVD Release Date: March 27th, 2012

R|1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary
In 1904 a Russian woman named Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) arrives at Carl Jung's (Michael Fassbender) clinic, seeking treatment for hysteria. Jung is eager to test Sigmund Freud's (Viggo Mortensen) theories on Sabina and, in fact, successfully treats her. Two years later Jung and Sabina meet Freud in person, and Jung takes over the treatment of Otto Gross, whose influence leads Jung to begin an affair with Sabina, contributing to a rift with Freud.

Cast: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Gadon, Vincent Cassel, André Hennicke, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Wladimir Matuchin

Director: David Cronenberg

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Production Co: Recorded Picture Company (RPC)

Keywords: Forbidden love, Office, Dark, Intense, Wife, Brooding

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Represents a big growth spurt in Mr. Cronenberg's career. Its measured pace, along with a style that is sometimes austere (though sometimes anything but) repays close attention with excellent acting and a wealth of absorbing information. show more

  • Precise, lucid and thrillingly disciplined, this story of boundary-testing in the early days of psychoanalysis is brought to vivid life by the outstanding lead performances of Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender. show more

  • There's an icy chill, a detachment, to A Dangerous Method, too. Of course, there are no talking cockroaches (Naked Lunch), no naked steambath knife fights (Eastern Promises), and that may have something to do with why this all feels so un-Cronenbergian. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture