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Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient in A Dangerous Method. Jung's weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina's spell.
Drama Thriller - This is a talky historical drama, unlike most of director David
Cronenberg's other films. Fans of Viggo Mortensen may be disappointed
by his more supporting role in comparison to co-stars Keira Knightley
and Michael Fassbender. Language, sexual content, and general adult
content make the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; a couple of others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Spanking and whipping during sex. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Suggestive verbal humor.
Zurich, 1904. 29-year-old psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) is at the
beginning of his career, and lives with his pregnant wife Emma (Sarah Gadon) at
Burgholzli hospital. Inspired by Sigmund Freud's (Viggo Mortensen) work, Jung
tries Freud's experimental treatment known as psychoanalysis, or 'the talking
cure,' on 18-year-old Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).
Sabina is a well-educated Russian who speaks fluent German, has been diagnosed
with hysteria, and is known to be disruptive and violent. In talks with Jung,
she reveals a childhood marred by humiliation and beatings from her
authoritarian father. The psychoanalysis uncovers a disturbing sexual element to
her dysfunction, which upholds Freud's theories connecting sexuality and
Through his correspondence on Sabina's case, Jung forges a friendship with
Freud, and their first meeting is a marathon affair. Relationships deepen
between Jung and Freud, who sees Jung as his intellectual heir, and between Jung
and Sabina, who is brilliant despite her ailment. Her treatment is successful,
and Sabina pursues a career as a psychiatrist with Jung's encouragement.