A Dangerous Method 2.0 stars

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Freud may be out of fashion, but he shouldn’t be boring. Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Jung (Michael Fassbender) and their patient who became a brainy disciple and colleague, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), trade analytic ideas and furtive, sado-masochistic feelings. Knightley bravely uses her beauty, even jutting out her jaw a few times like Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade. But she never finds leverage, and the film seems more like a footnoted thesis than a triangle of destiny. John Huston made the once-bold therapies more risky and challenging in Freud, partly by tormenting Montgomery Clift. 2011.

David Elliott

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