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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


According to Keira Knightley, at first she didn't know how to play her character's hysteria. When she read some of Spielrein's notes she noticed the woman described her condition as being like "a demon or a dog". Knightley then started to pull faces and contacted David Cronenberg through Skype to show him the results until they both agreed on one. See more »


The sailboat that Jung's wife gives him is clearly very modern with Dacron sails, nylon rigging and stainless steel cleats, none of which existed at the time. See more »


Carl Jung: [to Sabina] My love for you was the most important thing in my life. For better or worse, it made me understand who I am.
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Fantasie aus Walküre
by Richard Wagner
Performed by Edison-Orchester Berlin
Under the direction of Max Büchner
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27 December 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I've only read very few of Jung's and Freud's abstracts of work but i've always been interested in knowing a bit more. A Dangerous Method cleared some of my questions and was pleasant for me to watch and learn a thing or two about their contributions and contradictions in psycho-analysis.

What is emphasized in this film is their well known "disagreement" on sexual activity (libido) and apparently religion. Something that's been brought here by a female patient of Jung, Sabina Spielrein -played by Keira Knightley, who's been diagnosed with hysteria and was admitted to Burghölzli Clinic in Zürich in 1906. Michael Fassbender (Jung) and Viggo Mortensen (Freud) both performed seriously and insightful and Knightley captured pretty well the behavior of a hysteric person and then, her transition through therapy.

The German locations where the filming took place were picturesque and the atmosphere was warm, theatrical, peaceful enough but rather slow at some points. The intense relationship between the Austrian neurologist and the Swiss psychiatrist was very interesting to watch nevertheless.

The reason i enjoyed this film is simple: It was exactly what i was expecting it to be. Educational. And the fact that a talented cast did their best to bring out on the screen such facts, has left me a satisfied watcher full of interest and food for thoughts.

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