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‘A Dangerous Method’ Indeed!

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on December 2, 2011


The wounded healers are illustrated beautifully in this movie ‘A Dangerous Method’ which was also a play at the Taper entitled ‘The Talking Cure’. This is the well-known story of the birth of psychoanalysis, along with the associated merging and severing of Freud’s relationship to Jung. The ‘danger’ is one of intimacy and betrayal. The ‘method’ is attention and concern to the inner workings of the mind. Viggo Mortenson is an excellent Freud. He portrays the quiet intelligence, along with the overt competitiveness and pettiness of this famous man’s personality. Keira Knightley is also an excellent Sabina. Her character arc is remarkable in that she needs to emotionally travel from despair to triumph and she does this quite well. Michael Fassbender is a weaker Jung. His journey of anguish is displayed, but with less depth than both Freud and Sabina. The scenery is stunning. Mental illness in Zurich almost seemed like a vacation destination. The message of the movie, that talking helps and wounds,  displays the narrow path of my work. It was innovative for the time to devote time listening and thinking about the patient in order to  cure their mental illness. This was a major move forward in the field. Even with the inherent danger in the method, the listening and thinking tools are still deeply valuable. Sabina was the living proof of that. It is a true story, told in a moving and well-done way. All healers are wounded, but they can still do deep healing. It is nice to see the depth of that message on the screen.

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