The new David Cronenberg path, shown in his last films, led him to make this film that was criticized in very different ways, in which the most important thing is the script and the main performances. It might not be suitable for lovers of the “other” Cronenberg, hence some people critiqued “for no good reason”, without get down to business.
It is based on the novel A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr and on the play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton. When the director read the work of the latter was not thinking in a movie, but as it progressed, the idea popped into his head, and could not resist making a film about a so important and symbolic character as Sigmund Freud.
Leaving aside the opinions, as we say there are all kinds of them, we can say that Cronenberg made a great job, as the challenge of bringing to the screen this biographical drama was quite complicated, and other director would probably have died in the attempt, or just have made a proper rubbish.
The plot, summarized, is as follows: the intense and complex professional relationships, and non-professional relationships, which arose between Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), Carl Gustav Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) that gave birth to psychoanalysis.
In essence, both the film and the characters are not that different to what Cronenberg used to show us, as it has a strong intellectual and sexual load, with perturbing characters.
A Dangerous Method (2011), 99 min. Music by Howard Shore.
“Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable, just to be able to go on living.”