Based on a play by  Christopher Hampton, this film tells how the still experimental psychoanalytic method was developed focusing on the peculiar relationship between Sigmund Freud, and his beloved pupil  (then antagonist) Carl Gustav Jung and their Russian patient Sabina Spielrein, loved and sought after by both. Sabina Spielrein will later on go back to her native country spreading the knowledge of psychoanalysis . As a Jew, she will be caught and killed by the Germans.  Sabina's story had already been told in another beautiful Italian film directed by Roberto Faenza Prendimi l’anima and also inspired a remarkable thriller  ,  The White Hotel (1981) written by Donald M. Thomas. 

Forget Keira Knightley's halo of ideal romantic heroine. She plays in fact a morbid, borderline woman. This film will surely arise controversial reactions. Steamy scenes, scabrous content. But, you know, when it comes to psychoanalysis everything and anything is ascribable  to sexuality.
A Dangerous Method will be presented at "La Biennale di Venezia",  as a world premiere and in the international competition between August 31st and September 10th. 
Starring Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein , Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud , Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Vincent Cassel as Otto Gros. (see the rest of the cast at imbd


Anonymous said...

May I squee now? Viggo and Fassbender in the same movie. Sounds like an interesting movie--guess I'll have to wait for the DVD to come out because I know it won't come to our local movies theater.

Maria Grazia said...

Same often happens here in Italy. Not this time , though!

JaneGS said...

Sounds interesting--seems like Keira is showing her acting chops go further than ingenue.

Maria Grazia said...

Let's wait and see. This role seems to require depth and complexity.