David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method stars Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud as they fight over a mutual patient named Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley). John Kerr's 1994 book A Most Dangerous Method initially told the story about the early days of psychoanalysis. The Hollywood Reporter called the Oscar-bait film “precise, lucid and thrillingly disciplined,” though the reaction to the movie was mixed at the Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival. The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, for example, said “the director has pulled back his twisted inventiveness in favor of a very rigid, academic approach, which ultimately hurts the film.” Another THR reviewer expects that A Dangerous Method’s “fate should be determined once and for all after it is shown to the much larger audiences of moviegoers and critics in Toronto” this weekend.
A Dangerous Method premieres on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Roy Thomson Hall at 6:30 pm.