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A Dangerous Method

British playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton has crafted a formidably intelligent script about the fledgling days of psychoanalysis, and the figures who pioneered it, as well as a fascinating story of power, obsession, rivalry and ideas. While British actress Keira Knightley gives a committed performance as a mentally-disturbed young woman.

Directors

  • David Cronenberg

Writers

  • Christopher Hampton
  • John Kerr

Cast

  • Keira Knightley
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Viggo Mortensen

Synopsis

29-year-old psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) attempts to cure his patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) of hysteria using psychoanalysis. He begins a correspondence and friendship with father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), but soon finds their relationship compromised when he begins an affair with Sabina and their ideologies diverge. As entanglements deepen, the fallout will have lasting repercussions for all three.