Cronenberg's direction and photography are as usual steady and impeccable, and I found the exploration of the father-son relationship between Freud and Jung an interesting and unexplored take. However the story will leave you regretful if you have seen a previous version of the Sabina Spielrein story in the italian produced film The Soul Keeper.
With lower budget and much less promotional pretense, you would be almost upset by a story much sensually deeper and more compelling, with sound psychological insight into the characters, supervised by renowned psychoanalists and researchers. Iain Glen (Jung) and Emilia Fox (Sabina) as lovers are heathbreaking, feelings that we don't risk with Keira Knightley, again inexplicably recruited to act with a higher level cast. I find this confirms Cronenberg's general lack of interest in female characters, which are usually streotyped and superficially depicted, to focus more on the analysis of the male protagonists. Nevertheless the choice of actors, I have to say, shows some understanding of women's needs. Fassbender and Mortensen justify the price of the ticket for most of the female audience. In this sense we look forward for Cronenberg's next movie, possibly - just a suggestion - with Viggo in the role of the lover.