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Watch the horror of David Cronenberg’s Freud-Jung drama, A Dangerous Method

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It may be easier to buy the notion of Keira Knightley as a crazy lady than Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, but David Cronenberg always merits our ticket money whenever we're jonesing for a fix of squirmy, psychological unease.

Which brings us to A Dangerous Method, Cronenberg's based-on-a-true-story period drama about Freud and his protege, analyst Carl Jung, and Jung's likely affair with a crazy Russian lady (who would later become a real-life analyst herself), played by period vet Knightley. Michael Fassbender plays Jung, and the screenplay was adapted by Oscar-winning writer Christopher Hampton from his play, The Talking Cure. Vincent Cassel (who should have won an Oscar for Black Swan) also stars in the film.

The trailer confuses me. I think it's Cronenberg doing Merchant Ivory at first, but then it starts to look like he's doing an S&M movie (possibly titled Girl Secretary, Interrupted), toying with pastiche. Lord of the Rings Oscar-hog Howard Shore did the music, so all the pieces are in place. And if Mortensen can pull off a Freud that doesn't ruin the movie, I will stand mentally corrected. The film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.