The birth of psychoanalysis

Vernon Film Society screens David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, a look at Freud and Jung and the woman who comes between them.

Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung take a stroll around Vienna in A Dangerous Method.

Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung take a stroll around Vienna in A Dangerous Method.

The Vernon Film Society’s week-long 18th annual International Film Festival, which has just concluded, was a great success as appreciative audiences enjoyed one of our best selections of films ever.

Thanks go to the staff members and manager at the Towne Theatre for their enthusiastic cooperation.

Our next film offering on March 26 will be A Dangerous Method, a film that tackles a period in time when explanations about the human psyche were questioned in drastically new ways.

Theories of such importance are still discussed, debated, celebrated, and refuted to this day.

Set in Vienna on the eve of the First World War, the film explores the complex relationship between novice psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender, Jane Eyre, Inglorious Basterds) and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen, The Road, Eastern Promises).

Studying under the already well-established Freud, Jung practices his teacher’s methods while developing his own theories based on the clinical study of psychologically disturbed patients. When a sick young Russian woman arrives at the clinic, both Jung and Freud are fascinated by her case and spellbound by her vulnerable yet dangerous sexuality.

While treating the beautiful and profoundly disturbed Sabina (Keira Knightly, Never Let Me Go), Jung begins to question the restrictions of Freud’s methods and develops his own approach to human behaviour and treatment.

Sharp-witted dialogue and a pristine turn-of-the-century Vienna add a refined tone to a film that explores the anything-but-civilized depths of human desire.

A Dangerous Method will be shown at the Towne Theatre Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and one week ahead at the theatre and the Bean Scene for $7. Rated R for sexual content and language.