A Dangerous Method

Name: A Dangerous Method
Year: 2011
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 99
Description: Suffering from hysteria, Sabina Spielrein is hospitalized under the care of Dr. Carl Jung who has begun using Dr. Sigmund Freud’s talking cure with some of his patients. Spielrain’s psychological problems are deeply rooted in her childhood and violent father. She is highly intelligent however and hopes to be a doctor, eventually becoming a psychiatrist in her own right. The married Jung and Spielrein eventually become lovers. Jung and Freud develop an almost father-son relationship with Freud seeing the young Jung as his likely successor as the standard-bearer of his beliefs. A deep rift develops between them when Jung diverges from Freud’s belief that while psychoanalysis can reveal the cause of psychological problems it cannot cure the patient.
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen
Genres: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Fantastic. Keira Knightley as Miss Spielrein was absolutely terriffic — her insane laughter just gave me goosebumps — but one could wonder why Knightley plays her with a Russian accent, and Mortensen was very charismatic.

I originally had misgivings about the score because the only Shore material I knew apart from Lord of the Rings was Silence of the Lambs and Se7en, neither of which interested me in the slightest (not that The Hobbit was stunning either), but this one was perfect, every second was effective through and through. I suppose doubting him for even a second was incredibly stupid.


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