A Zed & Two Noughts

“The boldest and arguably one of the best of Peter Greenaway's fiction features . . . Sacha Vierny's cinematography makes it so luscious that you may be mesmerized in spite of yourself. The title refers to a European zoo; the curious plot involves two brothers who work as the zoo's curators and who lose their wives in a freak auto accident. Only partially a narrative film, this elegant puzzle also involves amputees, painting, a ménage à trois, and decomposing animals-along with many other things-which are intricately interrelated thanks to Greenaway's icy brilliance” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader). “As usual with Greenaway, the ideas are large and perverse; and they are teased out with the exquisite formal perfection of a court minuet. Moreover, he frames, colors, and shoots with precision. A film with all the cool, intellectual thrill of the Kasparov-Karpov game” (Chris Peachment, Time Out).

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