Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keira Is on the Psychologist's Couch in Cronenberg's Dark Biopic

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keira Is on the Psychologist's Couch in Cronenberg's Dark Biopic

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Byline: DEREK MALCOLM

A DANGEROUS METHOD Venice Film Festival IF TRUTH is often a good deal stranger than fiction, there couldn't be a better example than the quietly fraught relationships between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Sebina Spielrein, psychoanalytical pioneers of the early 20th century.

Spielrein, the least known of the three, was first a patient of the young Jung, then had an enduring affair with him and later influenced both him and Freud's theories.

David Cronenberg's film, adapted by Christopher Hampton, from his play The Talking Cure (in turn, based on John Kerr's book A Most Dangerous Method) is, despite its complicated subject matter, one of the most straightforward he has made.

It relies substantially on the text and quietly effective performances of Michael Fassbender as Jung and Viggo Mortensen as Freud.

Only Keira Knightley as Spielrein has to do much emoting as the story progresses through the years up to the First World War. Though playing against two performers of considerable weight, she more than holds her own from the moment she arrives on the scene, an hysterical patient to the time when her love for Jung is finally reciprocated. …

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