Identical twins Oliver and Oswald Deuce lose their wives in a car crash caused by a white swan. The brothers, who are zoologists, become obsessed with the death and decay of animals. They both have a relationship with Alba, the driver of the crashed car, who loses first one leg then the other. When Alba dies, the twins film their own death.
Did You Know?
Early in the movie, we are shown a front-page newspaper article about the deaths of the protagonists' wives. This front page also contains sidebar articles detailing events from two of director Peter Greenaway
's subsequent films, The Belly of an Architect
(1987) (the article headlined "Architect Dies") and Drowning by Numbers
(1988) (the article headlined "A Hot Bath Heart Attack"). See more
Pregnant women are notoriously unreliable. Especially when they're trying to procure an abortion.
Referenced in Delicatessen
An Elephant Never Forgets
Music by 'The Happy Farmer' (Opus 68, No.10) by Robert Schumann
Performed by Lupino Lane
with The BBC Dance Orchestra
Directed by Henry Hall
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