Instead of another slog through a 19th-century Russian novel, director Joe Wright presents a tantalizing melange of art forms -- theater and film and painting -- all enfolded by the words of famed playwright Tom Stoppard. It does not always succeed, but it always intrigues.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World answers the question: what will two sensitive individuals do as an asteroid takes dead aim at Earth, 21 days and counting before the end? Insurance salesman Dodge and distraught apartment neighbor Penny grapple with the doomsday scenario in ways consistent with their very different personalities.
Just over 100 years ago, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung encountered a patient, Sabina Spielrein, who prompted him to use his newly theorized talking cure. Over time, she improved remarkably, drawing them together intimately—into a long-term professional and sexual relationship. At the same time, conversations ensued between Jung and Sigmund Freud, colleagues in the psychoanalytical realm and soon disputants.