A Zed and Two Noughts
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An enjoyably decadent, ridiculously convoluted thingamajig."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"None of Greenaway's films take place in anything resembling naturalism or realism, and they don't feel modern. They're like archaic storybook adaptations of Jacobean plays illustrated by Vermeer."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Another exercise in cataloguing, another elaborate death ritual, and another story inhabited with fixation"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Greenaway's eccentric exploration of where all life's absurd varieties must begin and end is, like a road accident, always fascinating, if not exactly pleasurable, to watch."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"You want to look away, but it's so perversely fascinating that you can't bring yourself to. That is both its brilliance and the reason it should be approached with caution."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Despite overkill in the ideas department, which many will find too pretentious for comfort or coherence, visually, Zed is a masterpiece."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Enjoyable as a work of perversion."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"As fascinating and exciting as the images are, however, the drama is ridiculous as all get out."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Fatally pretentious crap. (But it's fun to say if you're a Renaissance Faire warrior whose costume never comes off.)"
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"liked this better the second time around, but it's still not one of my favorite Greenaways."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Greenaway when he was still hungry."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's frustratingly interesting for the director's self-indulgences ..."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"A great film which can be explored on multiple levels."
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
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