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    June 22, 2011

    TRAILER FOR A DANGEROUS METHOD MAKES IT AN OSCAR RUNNER


    Back in the year of 2008, I remembered watching a decent movie about sex trafficking drama entitled "Eastern Promises", directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn of Lord of the Rings) and Naomi Watts (The Ring). It earned Mortensen an Oscar nominee for Best Actor, for his spectacular and excellent portrayal as a Russian mob and a double agent in the movie. I am aware that not many of you are familiar with Cronenberg's works like 1986's "The Fly" or 2005's "A History of Violence"; both earned a respectable applauds from the critics.

    Now fast-forward to the year 2011, Cronenberg directed a new movie called "A Dangerous Method" and stars Mortensen once again, along with X-Men's Magneto's Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. The trailer of the movie is now available online, for which you can watch below:



    Plot-wise, the historical film is set on the eve of the World War I, which is based on the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (played by Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (played by Viggo Mortensen) , and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them. The script is adapted by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play The Talking Cure, itself based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method.

    When the project was first announced, it didn't bothered me much due to the subject matter this movie is carrying. I am not sure how to imagine this movie come into live. Yes, there are plenty of such movies but they seldom push things further then just dealing about sexual obsession or flirty bed talk. Apparently, this movie is based on 'some true story' that sets during the early of 20th century with two psychiatrists dealing a case of one Russian woman, of whom became a central of attraction between the two greatest minds.

    Not until the recent news have pointed out that this latest effort by David Cronenberg may be one of the front runner to next season's awards race. Judging by the trailer, I love the setting and the premise of the movie. To treat this Russian woman, Dr Freud develops a method that involves a lot of kinky stuffs and sexual enhancement - BDSM (yes, the scene when Keira's character said "punish me"). Indeed, the real life Dr. Segmund Freud holds one philosophy that creates a whole lot of controversy; "sexual drives as the primary motivational forces of human life". In the end, both of them develop a relationship that pushes beyond the doctor-patient relationship.

    "A Dangerous Method" does not have an opening date yet, although it will likely released at the end of this year to capitalize the award season.
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