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Alas, it would seem that director David Cronenberg’s body horror days are far behind him. And while I generally tend to lament when filmmakers abandon the genre that made them a success, Cronenberg’s cinematic skills seem to have improved exponentially since his transition to more mainstream endeavors. The man’s upcoming effort, the Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung-oriented drama “A Dangerous Method”, is certainly intriguing, particularly since it finds Cronenberg re-teaming with acclaimed actors Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel. Intrigued? You should be. Even when he missteps, Cronenberg’s movies are always entertaining.
Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Twitch:
On the eve of WWI, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for a dark tale of sexual and intellectual discovery. Drawn from true-life events, the film takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them. Into the mix comes Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel), a debauched patient who is determined to push the boundaries. In this exploration of sensuality, ambition and deceit set the scene for the pivotal moment when Jung, Freud and Sabina come together and split apart, forever changing the face of modern thought.
The first batch of images rest below. “A Dangerous Method,” starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel. and Kiera Knightley, should psychologically analyze North American movie-goers sometime next year.