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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully filmed true(?) story, but it could be difficult viewing for some, 27 Aug. 2012
This review is from: A Dangerous Method [DVD] (DVD)
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If you want to see sumptuous period costumes, a drama of manners from the immediate pre-WW1 years highlighting the prejudices and discrimination of the times, some deep philosophy, and some tortured souls resolving their anguish, then enjoy this film. If you need a high octane action thriller full of chases and bullets then look elsewhere.

The film is as the Az blurb describes; a (mostly) true story focusing on the growth of the relationship between Jung (Fassbender) and Freud (Mortensson), as sparked by the catalyst of a patient Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), and their efforts in the development of the science of psychoanalysis. The action takes place between approximately 1904 and 1914.

The production is stunning with superb location sets and breathtaking scenery. The bulk of the action could almost be performed as a stage play, but the script and dialogue benefit from the more intimate settings which only the close-ups of the film can achieve. The dialogue was crystal clear at all times, and the background music served only to highlight the mood and was never intrusive.

At times I found the storyline a bit long winded, and had to remind myself that this was based on reality and the extensive correspondence between the main protagonists. The actors were convincing, sufficiently so that I found myself disliking some of the characters and losing interest in the film. Parts of it reminded me of Bette Davis's classic film Now Voyager, but I don't think they should be compared.

On my Vine evaluation DVD although the first audio option claimed to be 3/2.1 surround this was actually identical to the 2.0 stereo option. Fortunately my amplifier was able to synthesise a reasonable surround from the Dolby info buried in there.

Additional material on my DVD includes an interesting Extra with a few minutes on the making of the film, as well as Cronenberg's commentary in the third audio option for the film itself. On the Set Up menu it also has available English Audio Description and/or Subtitles.
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