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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…
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.
Lots of ideas in here to mull over.
Jeremy Irons is incredible.
Estoril Film Festival '09
5 a 14 de Novembro 2009
Centro de Congressos
If I had to pick an 80s rock song title to describe David Cronenberg, it be "No One Like You".
Dead Ringers follows twin gynaecologists who share all experiences together, including their women. Things begin to unravel for the brothers when one of them develops real feelings for a woman. Cronenberg's films have consistently revolved around identity and sexuality, and he meditates on these things in a very interesting way here. It's interesting how the film presents sex as something so clinical yet still pretty kinky and personal. The identity stuff is also pretty interesting too. I'm not sure if Cronenberg is interested in saying anything specific as much as he is just exploring, but it is a very interesting…
Really need to rewatch this one--been way too long.
God, this movie is heartwrenching. Kudos to Jeremy Irons for performing the unholy crap out of the best dual role in the history of film. Kudos to Cronenberg for giving a fairly standard tale of the spiral of drug addiction his twisted perspective. Every now and then a movie comes along to utterly destroy your expectations and then meticulously rebuild them. This is definitely one of those movies. See this movie now; not later, NOW!
Jeremy Irons stars in a dual role as twin gynaecologists who become too dependant on each other after their jealousy tears their relationship apart. David Cronenberg directs with style following the success of the Fly remake. Irons should really have won an Oscar for at least one of the roles but was unsuccessful. It was fortunate that he did win best Actor the following year for his role in Reversal of Fortune
Strange, but also slow - too slow.
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