Grave Indiscretion


(out of 5)

Alternate title:  Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets, The Grotesque

 looks a bit embarrassed to be in this terrible thriller-comedy produced by his wife . Originally titled The Grotesque when it played film festivals (that’s also the name of the original novel), it was changed to Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets for its theatrical release and then given the name Grave Indiscretion upon arrival on home video. Does a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Oh yes, and a terrible movie is a terrible movie no matter what you call it. A rich couple (, ) live in a giant manor while the husband pores endlessly over his study of dinosaur bones and the wife entertains herself with the sexy butler (Sting). When their daughter () brings home a fiance (), he threatens the closed world that the family lives in and immediately attracts the wrath (and sexual advances) of the jealous butler. Photographed badly on ugly sets, the film is boring and flat, and throws in a few lewd sexual events to hide the fact that the characters have no depth or attractive qualities.


United Kingdom, 1995

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on his novel The Grotesque

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Toronto International Film Festival 1995


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