Here's a trailer for nutty director David Cronenberg's new movie, A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein. That's right, Cronenberg is putting the "psychoanalytic thought" in "psychosexual drama"!
The movie is based on the play The Talking Cure, which fictionalized the relationship between Jung and Spielrein, a patient of Jung's who herself became a psychoanalyst, and, according to some, Jung's lover. And here, by "fictionalize," we mean, "spank-happy sex with Knightley and Fassbender." At the same time, cracks emerge in the relationship between Freud and Jung, former psych-bro-analysts. Tension! Rough sex! Freudianism! All we need is for someone to turn into a bug, and you've got the most Cronenberg movie David Cronenberg has ever made.
This is the third movie in a row that Cronenberg's made with Mortensen, and the last two—A History of Violence and Eastern Promises—were both more than good enough to get me in the theaters for this one, even if the trailer is a little vague. Plus, a bearded Vincent Cassel as pervy anarchist Otto Gross! What more can you ask for?