On the eve of World War I, Zurich and Vienna are the locations of gloomy stories about sexual and intellectual discovery. Inspired by real events dangerous methods looks at the turbulent relationship between inexperienced psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young woman who came between the two. Among them, appear Otto Gross, a debauched patient decided to push the limits.
Amid this exploration of sensuality, ambition and deceit is preparing climax when Jung, Freud and Sabina are also separate, forever changing the face of modern thought.
Dangerous methods was directed by David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, Crash) from a screenplay of Oscar winner Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons), who adapted his own play The Talking Cure big screen.
Oscar nominee Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) plays Sabina Spielrein, along with rising star Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Fish Tank, Hunger and future of Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class and Prometheus) in the role of Carl Jung, with Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, Lord of the Rings trilogy) in the role of Sigmund Freud. Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine) plays Otto Gross and Canadian actress Sarah Gadon new in Jung’s wife, Emma.
DANGEROUS METHOD Cronenberg reunites him with Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, following their partnership films Crash and Naked Lunch. The film reunites also Cronenberg’s creative team, which has a long history of collaboration on films like A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and eXistenZ. That includes composer laureate 3 times Oscar Howard Shore (trilogy The Lord of the Rings), director of photography Peter Suschitzky (Star Wars: Episode V), screenwriter James McAteer, costume designer Denise Cronenberg (The Incredible Hulk), hairstyle and makeup stylist Oscar winner Stephan Dupuis (The Fly) and editor Ronald Sanders (Coraline).
DANGEROUS METHOD is co-produced by Recorded Picture Company’s London, Lago Film, Berlin, and Prospero Pictures, Toronto, in association with Millbrook Pictures, Zurich.