Dead Ringers (EOTWS)

End Of The Week Shorts #20 extract: Dead Ringers (1988)



This is a complex and highly intriguing psychological film with many elements of horror embedded into it. Dead Ringers follows two identical twins who become gynaecologists, but have two core inner conflicts concerning, 1) their connection to one another, and, 2) their perception of the female as a life-creating entity. These two conflicts combine and collide over the course of the narrative as the two main characters, as played quite impressively by Jeremy Irons, seemingly confront both their being--their existence--as the crux of their incredibly challenging relationship - one predicated on the two sharing too much (everything from research to women). 
Because these two figures have such a complex relationship involving one another's virtues making up for the other's faults and downfalls, they become like two clasped hands slowly being torn apart. To watch this almost surgically constructed event unfold over the course of this narrative is very intriguing, and so I certainly wouldn't shy away from recommending this to anyone interested.

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