A Dangerous Method Movie Trailer

 

After the mainstream critical and box office success of Eastern Promises and A History of Violence David Cronenberg has decided to tackle an adaptation of a stage play for his next project.  A Dangerous Method tells the story of a critical time in the professional careers of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung as they treat a patient, played by Keira Knightley, which would help shape their legacies.

My initial reaction to the trailer is that it looks great. It looks like Keira Knightley is sure to get some awards season buzz for her performance. But what’s most interesting is that the movie clocks in at a tight and toned 93 minutes. Obviously, Cronenberg feels he can tell this fascinating story relatively quick. It’s a refreshing change from typical award season movie. Studios and filmmakers seem to think longer is better during this time of year. The film also contributes to the rising stardom of Michael Fassbender’s blossoming film career and features Cronenberg stalwart and go-to actor Viggo Mortensen. It’s been fascinating to see Cronenberg transition to a more mainstream director. Although the subject matter of his stories are more mainstream, he’s been able to keep his own artistic sensibilities and uncompromising style in his works.

A Dangerous Method stars Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassell. The film is directed by David Cronenberg and written by Christopher Hampton, based on his stage play of the same title. The film is scheduled for release in New York and Los Angeles on November 23, 2011.

Synopsis: 

Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender star in director David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s play detailing the deteriorating relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung as they contend with a particularly troubled patient. The year is 1904. Carl Jung (Fassbender), a disciple of Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), is using Freudian techniques to treat Russian-Jewish psychiatric patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) at Burghölzli Mental Hospital. But the deeper Jung’s relationship with Spielrein grows, the further the burgeoning psychiatrist and his highly respected mentor drift apart. As Jung struggles to help his patient overcome some pressing paternal issues, disturbed patient Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel) sets out to test the boundaries of the doctor’s professional resolve. Meanwhile, Jung and Freud’s continued sessions with Spielrein lead to a series of profound breakthroughs in the methods that doctors use to treat their patients. – Jason Buchanan, Rovi

 Official Trailer:

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