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A surgeon and a scientist have been secretly trying to transplant the brain from one hog into another. Soon after their first success, they have a golden opportunity to save a human: a 70-year old professor of history is mortally injured in a car accident, but her brain is unhurt; a 25-year-old has severe head trauma, but is otherwise unscratched. The professor, Louisa, awakes in hospital inside the body of Yvette, the youth. She realizes immediately that the scientists have not thought through what her life will be like, but she valiantly tries to adapt. Louisa, as Yvette, is alternately in danger, lonely, resolute, and delighted, and she's always perceptive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Good acting, better story idea, clumsy execution
1 October 2002 | by See all my reviews



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The story idea for DVOJROLE could be right out of the Rod Serling's TWILIGHT ZONE. The story is part morality play, part science fiction, with an stinging twist towards the end.

Not to give too much of the story away, DVOJROLE is a what-if movie. What if a highly educated 70 year old lady and a young female street punk were in the same serious auto accident and, if their brains were to be exchanged or transplanted in each other, one of them might have a 100% full recovery, and if no brain transplant, both would be pretty much dead (one would be brain dead, and the other would be paralyzed from the neck down at best). What if?

The science fiction is unsupported in the movie and viewers are left to accept the key medical operation without any build-up.

After the operation, the lead character does not seem to feel the joy in achieving the universal human wish of the aged... becoming young again.

The script and the direction are weak, but the actors certainly do their best. The writer certainly did not have a firm grip on how to end the movie. Still, the final plot twist is quietly profound and viewers will have much to ponder.

DVOJROLE is flawed, but interesting.


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