(Canada/Germany/UK/Switzerland / 2011 / dir by David Cronenberg)
R / 99 mins.
Precise, lucid, and thrillingly disciplined, David (NAKED LUNCH, EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) Cronenberg’s story of Jung and Freud in the early days of psychoanalysis is brought to life by outstanding lead performances from KeiraKnightley, ViggoMortensenandMichaelFassbender.
When the beautiful and profoundly disturbed Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) arrives at Jung’s (Fassbender) clinic, she strikes an untapped well of emotions within the therapist. As his relationship with the young woman deepens, he begins to question the restrictions of his idol, Freud’s (Mortensen) methodologies. Strong supporting turns from Vincent Cassel as radical psychoanalyst Otto Gross and Sarah Gadon as Jung’s morally upright wife complete the web of relationships that surround Spielrein’s treatment in this brooding tale of troubled desire and the complexity that lurks behind genius.