One of the most significant challenges of the film is to make us feel as if we're seeing this lifestyle with a fresh eye. The film does a terrific job of putting us in the era and making us feel like we're actually there.
Raising a kid with autism and trying so hard to help him or her is about as tough as things get for most people in this life. So one attraction of zombie fiction for me is that, while the worlds they present may have gone to hell, all the children left are perfectly behaved.
In A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg has fashioned the thinking person's action movie. Instead of cars exploding and weapons blasting, great minds duel over the forces driving human behavior during the period that saw the burgeoning of psychoanalysis.
Attending a film festival is not ALL about sleep deprivation, caffeine, standing on endless lines in germ-y spaces, and brainstorming to avoid cliches in reviews. There's also a raft of parties clamoring for my presence.
A Dangerous Method is a triumph. Drawn from historical fact, it's a fairly straightforward account of the turbulent triangle formed by fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and the gifted but troubled patient who came between them.
Vincent Cassel and I sat down to discuss his domineering ballet master in Black Swan. I found him intense, playful and every bit the French gentleman (no talking with his mouth full despite the steak on the plate before him!).
The Road is the most poignant love story between a father and son that I know of, so I wanted, above all, to respect the book, to be authentic and not 'Hollywoodize' it, to use great restraint and focus upon its core qualities.