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Keira Knightly takes her Freudian slip off for a good spanking

23 June 2011

Now we all know that Sigmund Freud, the famous psychiatrist and father of modern psychiatry was perhaps a bit obsessed with sex, but a new film starring Keira Knightley shows how his theories on childhood and suppressed sexual desires rubs off (excuse the pun) on his pupils and fellow colleagues.

A Dangerous Method from director David Cronenberg, who also directed Crash, Dead Ringers and The Dead Zone, collaborates with Viggo Mortensen for the their third consecutive collaboration after A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises.

Set in the 1900's Viggo Mortensen plays Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender plays one of his proteges while Kiera Knightly plays the beautiful Russian patient with a penchant for being spanked, who comes between them.

Stills released from the film show Knightley being spanked in a corset by her psychiatrist Carl Jung with whom she embarks on a passionate affair after he convinces her to explore her repressed sexual desires of being beaten by a man after she endured physical abuse from her Father as a child.

The film is based on a true story about how Jung and Freud gave birth to the discipline of psychoanalysis whilst getting caught up in a love triangle. The psychiatrists couch has never sounded so kinky!

A Dangerous Method has been adapted from Christopher Hampton's screenplay The Talking Cure and is set to be released in February 2012.

Keira Knightley is currently filming Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, starring Steve Carell due out sometime next year.

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