An extra screening of A Dangerous Method has been laid on and I have got a ticket. A Dangerous Method was one of the films I wanted to see but could not get into, as all the screenings were fully booked by the time I logged on. However, God has taken pity on me, and I can now go to the Ball after all! Hooray!
Cut and pasted from the London Film Festival website:
Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley star in David Cronenberg's compelling look at the early days of psychoanalysis.
In the early 1900s, Carl Jung, an up-and-coming doctor at a Swiss clinic, decides to experiment on a young Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein, using Sigmund Freud's controversial new method. Spielrein arrives at the clinic a deeply disturbed woman, though clearly intelligent and herself interested in pursuing a career as an analyst. Jung's treatment of Spielrein, and the affair that this leads to, takes place alongside the development of his intense relationship with Freud, who sees Jung very much as his disciple and heir to the throne. As Jung wrestles with his own impulses and his growing desire to distance himself from Freud the father figure, a personal and ideological split seems inevitable.
The main reason I wanted to see this film was that I saw the stage play that it is based on, The Talking Cure, at the National in 2003, starring Ralph Fiennes as Carl Jung. I loved it! Obviously I would have preferred Ralph to be in the film, but we can't always have everything we want in life!
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An extra screening of Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes in the title role, has also been put on. I will post my review of it shortly but, in brief, I loved it (no surprises there then!). It is truly outstanding and I am highly highly highly recommending it. So if you can get into the extra screening, do!
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