My favourite Cronenberg and one of my favourite films. When, at first, you think the film will be about the morbid relation between two brothers (which would already be a great story), it evolves to much wider themes about the strangeness of human body, the body and technology, pure love; all with impressive mastery.
Sweet gynecologia! In the same way I esteem Lynch as an American voice, I adore Cronenberg as a Canadian voice. Jeremy Irons is brilliant at being decrepit. Geneviève Bujold sashays her chops around like the little Québécois we know her to be. Featuring mutant vaginas and the medical instruments needed to examine them. "The woman's body was all wrong!" 80s Gemini macabre....if not a bit too much Jeremy Irons.
Probably Cronenberg's greatest film. Those who only mention its very evident "bizarreness" miss how heartfelt this is. In an explosion of strong colours and clean surfaces, Cronenberg dramatizes love and death with a precision very few filmmakers have. A masterpiece.
Fact is always stranger than fiction as this film is one of those strange films based upon a true story. It is very downbeat. Jeremy Irons does one of his most memorable and disturbing roles as two twins. David Cronenberg deliver another unique demanding film and I'm enjoying it.
A nerve-racking, palm sweating movie. In my perspective the theme explored here is as interesting as it is disturbing - obsession over the human body, substance abuse, clinical depression and dissociation of the self. It definitely is not for everybody and I have to confess that if this wasn't suggested to me, I would have never watched it. Jeremy Irons is exquisite in this.
A departure for Cronenberg. One that seems on the surface ripe with all his trappings, but ends up surprisingly light on the visceral thrills that are to be expected with his work in this era. Instead, we are given a mindbending thriller anchored on the dual performances of Jeremy Irons. It's a strong film, at its core about how one's actions affect those around them. I wouldn't call it a horror film, though.
Perhaps Cronenberg's defining work this '88 film is a fascinating and masterful excursion into the themes that have been ever present in the director's oeuvre. Jeremy Irons gives an amazing pair of performances here that draw us into the depths of deterioration. Genevieve Bujold also impresses here. Artistically the film has a bold and controversial edge that is equally mesmerizing and disturbing. Essential cinema.