Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Canada/USA, 1988. Morgan Creek Entertainment Group, Téléfilm Canada, Mantle Clinic II. Screenplay by David Cronenberg, Norman Snider, based on the book Twins by Bari Wood, Jack Geasland. Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky. Produced by Marc Boyman, David Cronenberg. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by Carol Spier. Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg. Film Editing by Ronald Sanders. Podcast: My Criterions.
The best example of David Cronenberg’s combination of kinky visual style and psychological exploration is this fascinating drama based on Bari Wood’s fact-based novel Twins (which was the film’s original title until producers heard about the upcoming Danny DeVito/Arnold Schwarzenegger project). Two identical twin brothers (both played to creepy perfection by Jeremy Irons) have grown up in a totally private world and now share a home and business as gynecologists. Their dangerously intimate existence threatens to tear right apart when they both fall in love with a patient (Genevieve Bujold) with an odd uteran deformity. The drama progresses as the less confident of the two brothers becomes obsessed to the point of endangering his career and his life. Irons’ beautifully realized performances, assisted by some seamless computer-controlled matte photography, make for captivating entertainment in this very disturbing film. It features an otherworldly look to the photography and set design that you won’t be able to shake for days.