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on 6 July 2013
If the word "clinical" can be applied to psychoanalysis it can certainly be applied to this film. Cronenberg tries to encapsulate the early days of Jungian and Freudian psychology into the plot, but at its heart (such as it has one) it focuses on the Sabine Spielrein story which, unfortunately for the director, is much better related in the 2002 Anglo-Italian-French coproduction known in English as "The Soul Keeper" Prendimi l'anima - (easy collection) [DVD] [2013]. There's no visible Freud in the earlier film - his role has been exaggerated here to cast a wider net of "significance" - Jung is played just as well (by Iain Glen), Spielrein is portrayed sympathetically and effectively by Emilia Fox without Knightley's bizarre accent or playing to the gallery, Jung's wife is more convincing and, unlike "A Dangerous Method", it is genuinely affecting rather than po-faced and sterile, with no gratuitous sadomasochism thrown in in a desperate attempt to spice things up.
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