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A Dangerous Method

Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender channel pioneering psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung as their friendship dissolves

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'DANGEROUS' LIAISONS Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in A Dangerous Method
Liam Daniel

A Dangerous Method

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
99 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/23/11
performer:
Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen
director:
David Cronenberg
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
genre:
Biography, Drama

We gave it an A-

When it came to playing Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, Viggo Mortensen did his homework. ”We’d have discussions about exactly which cigars Freud smoked,” says director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence), ”and suddenly Viggo would be checking out cigars in Brazil.” A Dangerous Method examines the friendship between Freud and psychiatrist Carl Jung (X-Men: First Class‘ Michael Fassbender), which ultimately dissolved after Jung’s affair with a young Russian patient (Keira Knightley). Given Cronenberg’s history of outré sex scenes, can we expect some onscreen kink? ”That depends on what’s normal for you,” quips the director, ”but yeah, there’s a little S&M going on.” —John Young

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