• A Dangerous Method (2011)

A Dangerous Method

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, Wife, Intense, Brooding

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    In short, Cronenberg has made an elegant film, with spanking. There's some mildly kinky sex in A Dangerous Method, but Cronenberg makes it neither exploitive nor so tasteful that it loses its charge. show more

  • 70
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    The clinical style doesn't play to the director's strengths. A Dangerous Method didn't have to be another "Naked Lunch," but Freud plus Jung plus Cronenburg should have equaled something a little more dissonant and troubling. show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    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

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Awards

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