Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Dangerous Method

Oh!  I love Michael Fassbender! He is exquisite in A Dangerous Method!  He plays Carl Jung in the movie, Viggo Mortensen, another favorite actor, plays Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightly is brilliant as Sabina Speilrien, a psychiatric patient who is treated by Jung.

The movie is well cast and the story is fascinating.  Sabina teeters between madness and brilliance, Jung is brilliant, self-assured and talented and Freud, well Freud knows everything and has been celebrated for his foresight for so long that his ideas cannot be contested, even by his heir apparent, Jung.  Jung questions that the root cause of most people psychosis is sex.  Yet...
Michael Fassbender is believable as Jung.  He is handsome, smart, insightful and humane.  He has a beautiful, rich wife, children and his career is on the fast track. He undertakes Freud's revolutionary idea of the "talking cure": talking to psychiatric patients but mostly listening to them. He is very good at his work, however, as this true story reveals, he was only human...   But what a human being he was!

Jung believed that we should get to know who we are, what makes us tick, and what motivates us.  Then, would we be able to better understand others. To find out more about Carl Jung, click here for a short documentary on YouTube. 

I give this movie 4 stars out of 5 because of the great job it does of recreating the mores of the era and for representing two great men in such a discrete but powerful way. You quite forget that you are watching a movie and are easily transported to an era where the trailblazing work done by these two men was quite out of the ordinary.



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