filmOA v2.1, April 5th, 2013
Text Geoff Toomey
Sex, psychology, and World War I. Not the usual saying that most of us became accustomed to hearing and for some maybe doing, minus WWI. For those who don’t proclaim to be involved in the first, I’m sure Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung could both make the case against all of you otherwise.
But, Sex, psychology, and WWI are some of the motifs and plot lines for A Dangerous Method, a film from the man who brought us: The Fly, Videodrome and the two precursors to this, marking Viggo Mortensen’s trilogy with director David Cronenberg after A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. Christopher Hampton, who first adapted John Kerr’s A Most Dangerous Method for the theaters, to much acclaim, penned A Dangerous Method for big screens.
Cronenberg who is known more for being the ‘Barron of Blood’ and has become quite akin to violence, seems to have forged new territory being able to claim the human psyche. His previous films seem to delve more into the topic in the viewers reaction to his work where it now being the center of attention as a topic. Things should get interesting as a lusty psychological plot gets driven along by desires and psychological squandering’s of Mortensen
playing an aging Freud and Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, whose patient turned provocateur Sabina Spielrein, Keira Knightly, may turn all our minds inside out, revealing Freud, Jung and Cronenburg’s theories on our lustful desires. Throw in the explosiveness of WWI, which, (yes, Freud induced word play intended) should help bring the metaphor of characters emotions to visuals and lead to a potential award winner as we jump head first into the upcoming award season.
Jung’s quote, “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction both are transformed,” could have arisen from his meeting and dealings with Freud. Let’s hope that Cronenberg and company delivers in their portrayal.