A Dangerous Method

  • 93'
  • France
  • 2011
The Canadian David Cronenberg, known from horror films such as Videodrome (1983) and The Fly (1986) and violence studies such as A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007), provides a surprise with a modest adaptation of the play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton, who personally rewrote it as a screenplay - just as he did with his Oscar-winning screenplay for Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons (1988).
A Dangerous Method looks at the early period of psychoanalysis and the fruitful clash between Sigmund Freud (played by Cronenberg regular Mortensen) and his critical follower Carl Gustav Jung (a controlled Fassbender). The story focuses on the 'hysterical' Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), who is treated successfully by Jung using Freud’s insights, then embarks on a secret relationship with her married doctor and later becomes a famous feminist psychoanalyst herself. With great attention for the early 20th-century settings in Jung’s Zurich and Freud’s Vienna.

Director
David Cronenberg
Countries of production
France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Jemery Thomas, Marco Mehlitz, Martin Katz
Production Companies
Recorded Picture Company, Lago Film, Prospero Pictures
Sales
HanWay Films
Screenplay
Christopher Hampton, based on a play by Hampton and a book by John Kerr
Cinematography
Peter Suschitzky
Editor
Ronald Sanders
Production Design
James McAteer
Music
Howard Shore
Cast
Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands
Website
http://prosperopictures.com/