Movie Review – A Dangerous Method

I was a bit disappointed with this movie. It’s about the  ménage à trois between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), Sigmund Freud(Viggo Mortensen) and a patient, and later fellow psychoanalyst, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).  The film starts with the relationship between Jung and patient Spielrein which initially professional soon becomes sexual.  Later Jung meets up with Freud and dumps Spielrein who, by now a qualified psychoanalyst herself, in turn forms a professional relationship with Freud.

Much of the film deals with the falling out of Freud and Jung. This is in part due to Jung’s initial attempt to conceal his unprofessional relationship with Spielrein from Frued but mostly because of their diverging views on psychoanalysis.

Although well acted, the falling out between Freud and Jung lacked any sort of drama. The viewer needs to have some knowledge of psychoanalysis to follow some of their disagreements.  I can only give it 2 stars.

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