Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PCP on DVD - A Dangerous Method

My wife and I are both psychology majors, so films that have anything to do with psychology are especially interesting to us.  In some cases, we watch those films to laugh at just how poorly they portray psychology or psychotherapy.  In the case of this movie, it was to learn a bit about the roots of modern psychology, as the main characters in this film were the pioneers of psychology - Jung & Freud.

A Dangerous Method - 2011, rated R.  My rating:  8 out of 10.

A Dangerous Method was a fascinating look at the origins of modern psychotherapy and the rivalry between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), the fathers of the science.  It also revolves around their interactions with a patient turned mistress turned colleague Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), also a real person.  This biopic was extremely well acted and very interesting, at least to a person who has studied psychology.  I have a feeling that for those that have no interest in the history of the science, this film will bore them to tears.  Aside from the great acting on the screen, there isn't a whole lot happening in this film.  Considering the science was known at the time as "the talking cure," it is no surprise that this film is all dialogue, the occasional sex scene, and not much else.  It was a fascinating film though on a subject that I have an interest in, so I did like the movie.  If you're not into psychology or history however, you can probably take a pass on this film.

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