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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.
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“I think you two have never come to terms with the way it really does work between you.”
Beverly and Elliot Mantle (Jeremy Irons) are brilliant but disturbed, that much is certain. Even as young boys, they showed an understandable fascination with the female reproductive anatomy coupled with a disturbing lack of human emotion. Better to be fish, they theorized—that way they could reproduce without interpersonal contact. Their view of the female body as a laboratory specimen has brought them a successful gynecological practice in Toronto and much acclaim—the Mantle retractor is the industry standard. But their desire to be fish has remained. Their ultramodern office and equally modern high-rise apartment resemble nothing so much as meticulously…
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…
"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…
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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…
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…
Parte del body horror de Cronenberg, pero de la mente y de los instrumentos. Terror ginecológico.
Jeremy Irons is the best thing about this movie..The manner in which manipulation is played with nonchalance had me intrigued especially in the first half..Not a big fan of Cronenberg but i liked the psychological aspect he conveys...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Undeniably one of David Cronenberg's best films.
I won't do a long review for this though.
I will say though, it takes a very skilled director and an equally skilled actor to perform two (or more) different roles in a single film.
Jeremy Irons is most certainly one of these actors, as he flawlessly creates Beverley and Elliot Mandle: Twins, but very different people.
Or are they?
I don't think I was alert/awake enough for this movie to effect me as much as it should have so I can't properly rate it but I'll revisit this one soon.
I have to remember not to eat dinner during a Cronenberg film.
What struck me on re-watch was the comedy. Like the look on Ellis face when his brother Beverly says “There’s nothing the matter with the instrument, its the body. The woman’s body was all wrong” The camera pans right to left from Beverly to Eli for an Oliver Hardy type reaction shot, Hardy’s said “Im with stupid” this one says “Im with crazy.”
The secretary walking in on Beverly shooting up made me laugh out loud, or Elli's girlfriend turning off the tv as he's watching "Lifestyles of the rich and famous", -“What did you do that for thats my favorite fucking program”; Jeremy Irons delivers the line perfectly, like a petulant little child. In addition to the ending pathos, psychological unease and mood of glacial alienation (aided by the ice blue cinematography and set design), its also at times darkly hilarious.
killer movie, jeremy irons is the man. there are only a couple of typical cronenberg moments in this but the majority is played pretty straight. even though the twins are monsters, the ending is still fairly heartbreaking. if you had sex with your identical twin, is it considered masturbation?
In a lot of ways, Dead Ringers feels akin to David Cronenberg's recent, coldly cerebral efforts like Cosmopolis or A Dangerous Method while retaining similar themes to his more overtly horrific work like The Fly.
Time has been kind to a film that was perhaps under-appreciated at the time. The at-the-time groundbreaking effects that depicted Jeremy Irons twins onscreen at once still look absolutely seamless. Irons has never been better with a performance of astonishing subtlety that gets across the symbiotic/parasitic relationship of the Mantle twins while establishing them as different personalities in their own right.
It's a simple story that lets the weighty themes come through in the execution. The restrained storytelling and clinical feel makes the odd flash…
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