Cast: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Gadon, and Vincent Cassel.
Director: David Cronenberg
Writers: Christopher Hampton and John Kerr
Runtime: One hour and 39 minutes (99 Minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content and brief language.
Genre: Biography, Drama, and Thriller
Release Date: January 27th, 2012
Production Company: Sony Pictures Classics
Tags: Based on a true Story (1906 to 1913), Psychoanalysis, Jung, Carl Jung, Freud, Doctor
By: John M Delia Jr.
Did you ever wonder what really makes the human mind tick? Does sexuality affect everything we do, or is there another force out there that controls our every move? Getting into the minds of your subject is a difficult thing for many psychiatrists that it can totally affect how they react to the science of the psychiatry. This film will give you an insight on what can happen to people who really want to find the answers.
This is based on a true story that deals with the early years of psychiatry and the understanding of the human psyche. Dr Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) does experimental testing on Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) that changes the future in psychiatric medicine. Based on philosophies experimented by Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), Dr Jung tests his theories and finds that there may be other possible reasons that effect the human mind. Dr Jung believes that dreams and intuition, not just sexuality, could also affect the human psyche and could forever change the philosophies on human psychiatry.
His studies bring strains on his friendship with Freud and an affair with Sabina that rocks their world and his marriage with Emma Jung (Sarah Gaden) of the early 1900’s. His studies also included some interesting conversations with Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel), a young but more experienced psychiatrist that has a problem with sexuality. With war coming in the future, can he change the face of psychiatry or just cause that scandal of his time.
I thought the message was given and the acting was well played. Historical films can be difficult to pull off, but I think director David Cronenberg did an excellent job. The acting of Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen was spectacular and well played enough to keep me intrigued and desired to find out more. I was impressed with the quality of information used to keep the story believable and interesting, along with the details of the character’s relationships. All in all, I really enjoyed the storyline, the acting, and the detailed information used in the film and would recommend this to be a must see.
Final Grade: I give this a B+, for it’s excellent storyline