Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender star in director David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s play A Dangerous Method which explores the powerful birth of psychoanalysis.
The drama depicts the deteriorating relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung as they contend with a particularly troubled patient.
Jung (Michael Fassbender), a disciple of Freud (Viggo Mortensen), is using Freudian techniques to treat Russian-Jewish psychiatric patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley – pictured above) at Burghölzli Mental Hospital.
But the deeper Jung’s relationship with Spielrein grows, the further the burgeoning psychiatrist and his highly respected mentor drift apart.
As Jung struggles to help his patient overcome some pressing paternal issues, disturbed patient Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel) sets out to test the boundaries of the doctor’s professional resolve.
Meanwhile, Jung and Freud’s continued sessions with Spielrein lead to a series of profound breakthroughs in the methods that doctors use to treat their patients.
The film arrives in cinemas on 10th February 2012.