Saturday, January 15, 2011

Most Anticipated Films Of 2011: Gabe's #3

In one corner - Sigmund Freud, psychoanalyst and expert on ideas of the repressed. In another corner, his mentor, Carl Jung, pioneer in dream analysis and founder of analytical psychology. Stuck in the middle? The woman that LOVED THEM BOTH. OOoooooooOOOOooh, FIREWORKS. Though Christopher Hampton's stage play "The Talking Cure" takes great liberty with its subjects, completely inventing the character of Sabina Spielrein who comes between the two men.

Did I mention this was David Cronenberg, one of the world's best filmmakers, tackling this subject? He's got old collaborator Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender as the philosophers, and since there are British accents and a WWI setting, Keira Knightley is contractually obligated to appear as well. The concept of a Freud/Jung tete-a-tete is fascinating enough, but when you get three phenomenal actors, some great facial hair and one of the world's great filmmakers, fresh off a big studio sabbatical where he flirted with a number of high profile projects? Hells yeah, sign me up.

Also, where does the penguin come in?

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