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A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Hennicke ...
Professor Eugen Bleuler (as André M. Hennicke)
Sándor Ferenczi
Mignon Remé ...
Jung's Secretary
Mareike Carrière ...
Food Nurse
Franziska Arndt ...
Bath Nurse
Wladimir Matuchin ...
Medical Policeman
Anna Thalbach ...
Bathtub Patient
Sarah Marecek ...
Orchard Nurse
Bjorn Geske ...
Orderly (as Björn Geske)


Suffering from hysteria, Sabina Spielrein is hospitalized under the care of Dr. Carl Jung who has begun using Dr. Sigmund Freud's talking cure with some of his patients. Spielrain's psychological problems are deeply rooted in her childhood and violent father. She is highly intelligent however and hopes to be a doctor, eventually becoming a psychiatrist in her own right. The married Jung and Spielrein eventually become lovers. Jung and Freud develop an almost father-son relationship with Freud seeing the young Jung as his likely successor as the standard-bearer of his beliefs. A deep rift develops between them when Jung diverges from Freud's belief that while psychoanalysis can reveal the cause of psychological problems it cannot cure the patient. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Un método peligroso  »

Box Office


€15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$167,953 (USA) (18 November 2011)


$5,702,083 (USA) (27 April 2012)

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a great idea. idea.
18 December 2012 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

This started very well, great cast, landscapes, scenography, characters etc. I loved the idea of to greatest psychology minds working together on improving therapy methods and changing the approach to curing people of their traumas and problems. Where i find the movie failed a bit is the story where the connections in the scenes are bit off. I got the feeling that it was jumping trough periods without any connection which i could put together. It seemed like there were years in gaps between couple of scenes where there wasn't any. Even if this followed only true life events of Jung and Freud it still leaves us with wanting more then just few dialogs and scratch on the surface of psychology treatments. Kinsey (2004) is a movie which is a good parallel example how a movie about similar subject can be and can be done brilliantly. Maybe movies about lives of both Jung and Freud are in order. So, all in all, i enjoyed watching it, everyone did a great job and gives you a good feeling after, it has minor gaps in the story which doesn't make you stick to the chair but definitely recommend it to everyone.

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