Jeremy Irons plays a pair of identical twin gynecologists who share a practice, a living space, and female companions, but the arrival of a new patient starts to test the bonds of their relationship in this critically-acclaimed thriller.
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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.
Identical twin gynecologists on LSD; you can't go wrong with a story like that. Based on a true story, the really interesting part (to me) was how a hospital (or any professional institution) is more dedicated to covering up for their colleagues than the public's welfare. This is common in every professional setting!
Jesus... I think I'll need at least 6 months to recover from that one. However, it's traumatizingly good. Just incredible. Cronenberg is probably the best horror film director, and the most intelligent.