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Over the last few years, David Cronenberg's films have radically developed from gross out body horror, often the result of psychological troubles manifesting physically, to a much more delicate approach that is still fascinated by the psychology but much less with the idea of physical deformation/mutilation. The result has yielded a group of films, starting most prominently with A History of Violence with much wider appeal.

Enter A Dangerous Method. Adapted by Christopher Hampton from his play, Cronenberg's latest is, on the surface, the most accessible of his films. It features a cast of recognizable names and faces and is based on people everyone's heard of. The film stars hot commodity Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and tracks the early years of psychoanalysis though the story seems particularly focused on Jung's relationship with one of his patients, a troubled woman played by Keira Knightley.

Sex, connections between violence and sexual response, Mortensen in accent mode… it looks like a quietly twisted little tale and I wouldn't have it any other way from Cronenberg.

No official release date has been set but Sony Pictures Classics will likely release this later in the year with an awards push. Certainly seems worthy.

Trailer, via Empire, after the break.

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