Saturday 10 September 2011

"A Dangerous Method", Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Though work, I got tickets for the TIFF gala premiere of A Dangerous Method.

Set in Vienna in the early 1900s, A Dangerous Method touches on the complex relationship between novice psychoanalyst Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen).

Studying the methods of Freud, Jung also develops his own theories based on the clinical study of psychologically disturbed patients. But when an educated but sick young Russian woman arrives at the clinic, he becomes fascinated by her case and spellbound by her dangerous sexuality. Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) stirs unconscious emotions within Jung, as he begins to probe her dark past.

When Gord and I got there about 5pm, there were lots of people gathered around the red carpet waiting for the stars to arrive.

Here's the line-up for regular ticket holders.

LinkThere was a cocktail party for our group of 125 for about an hour and a half.

Our group had rows E to G. Ivan Reitman sat four rows ahead of us.

Here are Gord and I.

The director, David Cronenberg, spoke for a few minutes and then introduced some of the cast.

Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Gadon ...

Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Gadon ...

As soon as Keira got on stage, they all left ... I think they were running late.

They watched the movie just above us ... here they are afterwards.

I see a lot of movies and this was the first Cronenberg movie I'd seen. Given the subject matter, it's not a movie I would have gone to see ... I don't say no to free tix, though. I went in with an open mind. I can't say that I enjoyed it. Though the acting was good, I found the movie boring. It was heavy and draggy.

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