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, Rovi
Peter Greenaway, a lengend of sorts, has a wonderful palette of images, and some fascinating ideas. But this black comedy ultimately didn't sit right with me. The symbolism, the motifs, the themes I liked. Ideas about decay, and zebras, and symmetry... very intriguing. But in the end, I felt that the brothers at the center of the story had behavioral problems and unhealthy fixations more than they should have been allowed to. And the events in the film were an unhealthy downward spiral for all involved. I couldn't help feeling like someone should have come in, slapped these people in the face, and sent them for therapy.