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Movie Review: A Dangerous Method

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Tim Stevens wrote this review 4 years and 11 months ago

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I didn't read a review, synopsis or any other material about this movie -I just went into the theater.  I sat back and let the moment happen and I'm glad I did. In fact, I didn't even know what the story was about until I was completely spell-bound and engrossed in it.  A Dangerous Method is about two of the most important contributors to modern psychology, Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and their development of psychoanalysis - all told through the treatment of a beautiful Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly).  This movie was beautifully shot, well acted and just had a wonderful feel - vividly depicting the time and sentiment of turn of the century Europe. The story was riveting and enormously thought provoking. It pitted the politics of medicine, the development of the psychoanalysis movement and the personal morality of it’s characters all in one tale, laced with forbidden sexuality.  My only criticism of the film is that it did drag a little in places, as the story is narrated in many transitional scenes through letters, written and exchanged by Jung, Freud and Spielrein.  Quite frankly, as much as this was the preferred and only real method of communicating at the time, it no doubt must of caused considerable angst for all involved. As easy as it is today to pick up the phone, send a text message, email, etc., waiting for days or weeks for a reply on a sensitive and personal matter - especially one’s of the heart, must have been gut wrenching.  Worth the time to take in a piece of history and glimpse of live in the early 1900s.  




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