October 7, 2012
Abandon Hope of Learning Anything about Freud, Jung, or Psychoanalysis ...
... all ye who enter here. One might guess that a film about the ?talking cure? would be a ?talking bore,? but still: With Cronenberg at the helm and Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen in the cast, so much more was possible. Instead, Mortensen is an insufferably pompous and idiotic Freud and Knightley?s acting consists of a series of teeth-baring grimaces that are painful to watch. Cronenberg?s vision is clearly this: Jung=good, Freud=bad. I?d say ?fair enough,? except that it isn?t a fair representation by a long shot, and neither men comes across as what each was: a genius. Freud is self-satisfied and inarticulate, and Jung is dithering and self-loathing. More to the point, Cronenberg apparently decided that the average moviegoer would be too stupid to understand anything about psychoanalysis or the real differences between Freud and Jung, so it glosses over everything. The last half-hour is such an exercise in unbearable tedium that you can hardly wait for the Nazis to show up.
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