Trailer of the Moment: David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method
The Macabre Psychology of Lust?
Is there anyone better to bring the complex genesis of psychoanalysis to the screen than David Cronenberg? (Videodrome, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence)
Let the catharsis begin, it has been nearly a year since John Doe first reported on the flesh for fantasy Director’s next foray into psycho-sexual intensity titled A Dangerous Method. Last week the trailer premiered online and enticed enough to warrant its very own post.
Starring Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence) as Sigmund Freud, Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) as Carl Yung and co starring Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go) and Vincent Cassell (Eastern Promises), the film begins on the eve of WWI dramatizing the clashing methodologies between the professional pioneers of human psychological analysis.
In real life the erotic id and superego collided with multi tiered, transcendental interpretation over a 6 year collaboration of the mind. The breakthroughs of an aging cocaine ravaged Freud expanded upon by the younger more spiritual Jung. (Simplified version)
The trailer shows hints of these biographical details but seems most intent on proving itself to be, “A film by David Cronenberg”. Kinky manipulative mind games in a rich period setting with the specter of technology and the examination of cultural taboos push moral barometers.
Viggo seems to be well cast as the Oedipus demon wrestling, sex is the primary motivator icon of headshrinkers. Fassbender appears focused on Jung’s own issues...This pair may have been able to even help the Brundle fly work through his suicidal tendencies.
As their patients the British Natalie Portman wants a jolly good spanking. The only flaw appears to be the viewers tolerance for the withdrawn doe eyed perversion of Keira Knightely.
Footage of that looney eyed Frenchman Vincent Cassell jumping the help indicates a little couch time wouldn’t be a bad thing. Either way consider JD scheduling an appointment with the Freud-dude once a release date is announced.
Trailer for A Dangerous Method