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Robert Finster in Freud. (Photo: Netflix)
Robert Finster in Freud. (Photo: Netflix)


3/5 Stars


While investigating several disappearances and murders in Vienna, young Sigmund Freud and a psychic medium become entangled in an occult conspiracy.


Sigmund Freud has never looked this bewilderingly sexy.

That sentence alone should be the deciding factor when you ponder whether or not to take on this new Netflix fiction thriller. If you enjoyed The Alienist and Dracula on Netflix, you'll definitely fall madly in love with Freud

The eight-episode Austrian-German crime series takes the well-known neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis and turns him into a brooding coke addict that gets mixed up with the dark side.

Using hypnosis and his charming good looks Freud, (Robert Finster) and psychic medium Fleur Salomé (Ella Rumpf) help war veteran and police officer Alfred Kiss (Georg Friedrich) solve crimes in Vienna in 1886.

In a world of Selling Sunset and reality cooking shows, I found Freud to be a welcoming twisted escape. It's dark, evil, and totally dangerous – and surprisingly, exactly what I needed. I'm not sure what Freud would make of that.

This foreign-language TV show demands that you put down your phone and concentrate. With subtitles and a tricky storyline that takes a decent few episodes to establish itself, you're going to want to stay focused. In a time when real life is stranger than fiction, Freud provides that much-craved escapism in its most twisted form as it delves into the subconscious, desires and total taboos.

It's definitely not for the faint-hearted and if full-frontal nudity and blood-drenched sex scenes leave you somewhat uncomfortable, then stay far away. The spark between Robert and Ella is electric and showcases a magnificent on-screen chemistry that's incredible to see blossom and then wilt away.

On the technical front, the set design and costumes are devastatingly beautiful and shockingly disgusting while the story is told through a smoky, dark filter. The imagery teeters from extravagant excellence to decaying disgust.

Freud is let down by its absurd storyline and over-the-top writing that tries too hard to make every moment on screen count. Sometimes it takes itself way too serious for the grimmfest it really is. There were a few instances where I really had to do the heavy lifting and force myself to see the episode through but in the end, it was worth the escape from real life.

Even if it was just to see a sexy Freud soaking in an antique bath tub. 



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