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Freud, Jung... and Keira Knightley hit Venice

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The birth of psychoanalysis may not be an obvious subject for the big screen.

But the Venice Film Festival gave a rapturous red carpet welcome to the cast of the cerebral costume drama ‘A Dangerous Method’.

It stars Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, playing a troubled, highly intelligent real-life patient of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.

Canadian director David Cronenberg joked about the casting.

“I would like to just say that I think my cast has a great need of psychoanalysis and it was why I cast them, to sort of introduce them gently to the idea that they needed help, a lot of help,” he told a press conference. “And you can see they are much better people now. Before, they were messes. When I found them, they were neurotic, hopeless, hopeless!”

Cronenberg says the film is about an “intellectual menage à trois.”

‘A Dangerous Method’ is one of 22 productions in the main competition at Venice.