Be warned: any film that puts Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) in the same room is going to be talky and loaded with psycho-babble. Toss in a sexually disturbed woman (Keira Knightley) and you’ve got kink, anguish and strife. Based on real events, this story looks at the relationship of the three and it’s effects on the early days of psychiatry (also known as “the talking cure,” this film is the talking curse!) Not enough happens and when it does, the detached direction (Cronenberg) keeps it from being emotionally involving. It’s beautiful to look at and the performances are strong, but the slow pacing makes it a painful session.
GAY ANGLE: Homoeroticism is never mentioned. Surprising for Freud.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.