BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF JUNG, FREUD AND THE PATIENT WHO CAME BETWEEN THEM.
In the early 1900s, doctor Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes on a hysterical patient (Keira Knightley) and seeks advice from the influential Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Christopher Hampton, the man who gave us “Dangerous Liaisons”, dives back into the darker aspects of sexuality as he recounts the story of how a young woman was influenced by two giants of psychiatry, and how the men came to end their friendship in spite of mutual admiration. Interesting, albeit a tad remote, and David Cronenberg gives ample room for Knightley and Fassbender to dominate the film as patient and doctor who embark on a rough sexual affair.
2011-Canada-Germany-Britain. 99 min. Color. Directed by David Cronenberg. Screenplay, Play: Christopher Hampton (“The Talking Cure”). Book: John Kerr. Cast: Keira Knightley (Sabina Spielrein), Viggo Mortensen (Sigmund Freud), Michael Fassbender (Carl Jung), Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon.
Trivia: Christoph Waltz and Christian Bale were considered as Freud and Jung.