Following the success of “The Fly”, Cronenberg directed this disturbing drama based on a true case. In the film, twin gynecologists Beverly and Elliot Mantle (Jeremy Irons in a haunting performance) make the most of their condition: no one can tell them apart. The two share lovers, conquests, scams, and identities. However, when Beverly falls in love with an actress with a rare medical condition (Geneviève Bujold) and plunges headfirst into the use of medication, the mirrored relationship between the twins’ egos is strained. Between addiction, obsessions, and passions, Cronenberg’s naturalistic film is increasingly pervaded by horror, conflicts, transformations, and peculiar artifacts typical of his style. (G.B.)
David Cronenberg was born in Toronto in 1943. With a career spanning over six decades, he released his twenty-second feature film in 2022 and is currently shooting his next film. He began his artistic output in Canada, with a series of independent films, before moving to the USA where he became involved in larger projects with more substantial budgets. At the intersection between horror cinema, science fiction, drama, and literary influences, the director has nurtured a steady fascination with modulating themes and imagery over the years, as well as working relationships with recurring actors in different works.