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Whistler, B.C., Canada



By Michelle Alten

Recently, I thought a weekend at a ski resort was just what I needed – even though I couldn’t ski. Recovering from a knee injury, I wouldn’t be able to blast or even toddle down the slopes. But when I heard fresh flakes were flitting down and painting the mountains a poufy white at Whistler, I couldn’t resist. I decided to head for the mountains and hope Whistler would have other ways of entertaining me. At least I could enjoy an early taste of winter and bring my friend Lezli for a girls’ getaway.

Festival Flicks

It turned out I was in luck: it was the weekend of the Whistler Film Festival. I decided to see A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg’s film starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen. Mortensen played a handsome and alluring Sigmund Freud while Fassbender portrayed Carl Jung, who could not resist his seductive patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly). The forbidden affair between Jung and Spielrein was electric, and the relationship between Freud and Jung as they developed their ideas about psychoanalysis in the early twentieth century was intriguing.

It was hard to go inside, given the crisp blue skies and the scenery of surrounding peaks draped in snow. But this exciting exploration of the mind and the characters who transformed the way we see the psyche was worth giving up a bit of winter sunshine.

Posted January 10, 2012 | Categories: Blog and Travel. Tags: B.C., Canada, film festival, mountains, ski resort, skiing, Whistler, and winter.

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