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A Zed and Two Noughts (1985)

Cast: Andréa Ferréol, Andréa Ferréol, Brian Deacon, more...
Director: Peter Greenaway, Peter Greenaway
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Cult, Foreign, Independent, Black Comedy, Netherlands, Experimental/Avant-Garde, UK
Running Time: 115 min.
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This twisted black comedy is obsessed in turn with swans, twins, and decay. Alba Bewick (Andréa Ferréol) is involved in a swan-related car accident near the zoo. The accident kills two other women, the wives of two twin zoologists, Oliver and Oswald Deuce (Brian and Eric Deacon). Alba is lucky enough to escape with one leg. Eventually her doctor also removes the other "because it was dangerous for the spine." Meanwhile, the Deuce brothers, as a result of losing their wives, have become fascinated with the decay of corpses, and they start making rather gruesome time-lapse films to examine the process more thoroughly. Both brothers become involved with Alba. Needless to say, this film may not appeal to everybody. ~ John Voorhees, All Movie Guide

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Greenaway's lost my vote now by CHutchings June 4, 2005 - 12:06 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Having only seen Greenaway's more popular filims (Prospero's Books and Cook, Thief et al) I was unprepared for the bracing, and honestly repellent imagery of this film. While I can appreciate the clarity of Greenaway's vision, I hated all the characters and found the tone distracting and at times irritating. I really tried to like this but found the director's intentional style to be affected and illogical.

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(Average 7.02)
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