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A Dangerous Method

 

UK / Germany 2011, 99 minutes
Dir. David Cronenberg
Rating: [R16] violence, drug use and sex scenes
Genres: Drama / Sex

Topics: Mental Health, Philosophy.

 

“A film for the demanding film-goer who wants to get off with a real mindbender.”~Ozu's World Movie Reviews

Aroview: Psychodrama auteur David Cronenberg directs this stimulating, if not entirely satiating exploration of the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, who gave birth to the concept of psychoanalysis.

Those hoping for greater insight into the minds of Jung and Freud may come away disappointed, with the narrative largely centred on the troubled but fascinating mental state of their mutual psych patient, played heavy-handedly by Kiera Knightly. Granted, there’s something to be said for the film’s female-centricity when paired with the sexual methodology of Knightly’s character, though even then, the conservative approach to the subject matter – odd, coming from the director of such films as DEAD RINGERS and CRASH – makes for an ultimately tepid affair.

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