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Two bodies. Two minds. One soul.
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.
3 months before Ivan Reitman's cuddly comedy Twins, came Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. The immense dark to Arnie's saccharine light.
Within only a handful of scenes, Cronenberg paints raw body images with stark, frank dialogue. There's talk of sex, periods, the uterus, surgery and a mutant cervix. The mood now suitably set for Jeremy Iron's incredible dual role of the identical Mantle twins - to pierce and settle under your skin.
Really, Irons is the focus here. Subtle changes in face and body differentiate the bonded brothers. Easy to tell apart and with a riveting duality, it's an absolute beast of a performance that inevitably puts everything outside of 'them' in a less interesting, less demanding shade.
I'll admit, I lost…
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I've often thought that there should be beauty contests for the *insides* of bodies.
- Elliot Mantle
I'm sure many of you will have watched a film and loved it thoroughly, but when it came to review it you found yourself plagued with some sort of mental block. I'm afraid that is how I am feeling right now. It's starting to get quite late now and I must watch another film in a moment so that I can finally complete a challenge I've set myself. When I started the challenge I worried that watching so many films in such a short space of time might lower my appreciation/enjoyment of the…
"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Whenever brothers and the relationship between them is the central focus of a movie, no matter how unrealistic or melodramatic this bond may be portrayed I always find myself actively involved with the story and characters on more than just a mere superficial level. I can relate to these characters as I have a brother and I know how special this connection is.
Jeremy Irons plays identical twins Beverly (Bev) and Elliot (Eli) Mantle, two highly respected gynecologists. They understand each other perfectly and share everything, including their apartment, their job and their women, living vicariously through each other. Eli is the more sociable, casual, confident and aggressive one while Bev is…
Jeremy Irons has palpable sexual chemistry with Jeremy Irons.
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This is my third Cronenberg after A History of Violence and The Fly, and it seems I haven't hit upon one of his full-body-horror, crazy shows yet. This is really restrained, feeling like it's patiently building towards some grand finale, with the most vivid image confined to a dream sequence and the disturbing stuff mostly implied than shown (which can still draw squirms-a-plenty though). Appropriate, because it allows the best special effect and most disturbing aspect of the film, Jeremy Irons' performance, to shine fully. Apart from some moments where the twins' minds start melding, there is not much doubt whose personality we're looking at, even though they don't look that different…
Fucked up, but I wouldn't expect any less.
Dead Ringers by David Cronenberg is a really slow-paced psychological drama/thriller that is quite strange but mostly entertaining and absorbing to watch. I don't know whether it is a good or a bad thing the fact that I got somewhat confused and couldn't tell apart the twin brothers on many occasions. Towards the end I think I got more or less clearly the idea of who was who and this made the experience a bit confusing but at least there weren’t too many characters, which made the storyline relatively easy to follow. The finale was very unexpected in a “good” way but it got me thinking a little about what the hell was all that I had just watched.
See kids this is what they mean by "Kafkaesque"
Cronenberg's horror work is only outdone by his dramatic projects, This movie is so bleak and depressing and Iron's nails two distinct characters.
Its great but goddamn does it take its time to get going.
"Separation can be a... terrifying thing."
The tagline for this movie should've been: "Bros before hos."
I kid, I kid. But I was quite disappointed, and frankly bored by this movie on many levels. I came in expecting a sort of thriller but words escape me when trying to classify this movie. Is it a thriller? Horror? Drama? Romance? Psychological mindfuck? I still can't wrap my head around, what I thought to be, a complicated and weak plot.
It's kind of a basic thing to say, but I found myself really confused about who was who in this movie. Jeremy Irons is great, mind you, as the identical twin brothers Beverly and Elliott Mantle, gynecologists who let a woman come…
"Listen, Doctor...I think there's something wrong with you. I don't know what it is, i can't put the label on it...You're subtly schizophrenic."
This is a picture that i have meaning to see for quite a long time. I have only seen a small portion of Cronenberg's filmography (7 films) and albeit i would definitely hesitate in saying that i'm fan of him, i usually like his work. I was a bit afraid i got to admit going in though, because the films from him that i like the most are the more down to heart dramas such as An History of Violence who are decidedly more audience friendly than Videodrome. This one though seemed to tend more…
This would tie with eXistenZ as the best Cronenberg movie in my opinion. It's a disturbing psychological drama/thriller/horror film that is loosely based on a true story about identical twin gynecologists. It starts of relatively lighthearted where they are sharing their practice and women without a hitch. Complications start when one of them falls in love with one of their clients and tensions escalate between the three of them. This results in the one in love suffering from addiction, paranoia and ability to function in his job, while the other one in attempting to "fix" him, messes himself up in the process. This is not a gory film by Cronenberg's standards although it does an excellent job at being disturbing…
qué obra maestra tan rotunda. hay que aplaudirle su ambigüedad, el reto intelectual que representa descifrar qué está sucediendo en la cabeza de esos dos hermanos que a ratos se confunden entre sí; la actuación de jeremy irons --de las mejores actuaciones de la historia o qué? se rajan?--, que está destructivo como elliott y beverly; su extrañeza, su bizarrez (en su acepción francesa, obvi -nc), que está presente pero no obnubila: qué tal esos aparatos quirúrgicos espantosos, qué tal la pesadilla de beverly, qué tal esos uniformes rojos en un quirófano; su score, apabullante, tristísimo, ominoso; la perversidad de su trama. debo decirlo: esta película me dejó muy madreado de mis facultades.
This film is a triumph for Jeremy Irons - it allows him the emotional and technical range to achieve a unique and fantastic performance. This is typical Cronenberg - although I didn't personally find it as compelling as some of his other films.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
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