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Good film,though suffers through the absence of Freud's 'authority'. as a reality and not simply a phantasy in Jung's mind.
on 2 June 2015
It seems that the former reviewers prefer this film to 'A Dangerous Method', directed by Cronenberg. I would differ from this perspective, since, though the film demonstrates the affair between Jung and his patient, who eventually becomes a clinician herself, there are some glaringly important omissions, in my view.
Firstly, the absence of Freud does not add to the film. Rather, it omits one of the most important elements; that the actual presence of Freud affects the transference for Jung, with whom he differs theoretically. Freud is the omnipresent 'father' figure, from whom Jung is attempting to distance himself and thereby establish his own thinking and theoretical and clinical approach. I sense that his affair with his patient, is an attempt to make this more concrete, especially since she is also very psychologically aware, if ill. He treats her differently to his other patients and cannot hold his analytic attitude with her. It is as if he chooses, with her, to deny utterly, the incest taboo, until his conscience, rather than his ethical beliefs, get the better of him. Or is it perhaps, that crossing the line between patient and clinician, forces him into choosing a different and less overtly rigorous transferential approach, since he cannot sustain it.?
In effect, it is the presence of his wife, who is aware of his breach of boundary, though nothing is spoken between them, who, in this film, causes him to restore boundaries, but also to forge his own approach, thereby rejecting the blank screen Freudian method.
Both films have merit and it is good that directors are grappling intelligently with the complexities of psychoanalysis, with regard to the patient's and the clinician's inner struggle to free their patients from their torment. Yet the verbal discussions on the 'Method', which take place between Freud and Jung in relation to theoretical approach and method in 'A Dangerous Method', rather than offering tedium, offer insight to the interested viewer. Overall, I experienced it as the more interesting film.