Brothers of the Head

Rated NR 120 minutes 2006

Strip a couple of layers of self-consciousness from this overwrought work of Gothic tedium and you might have a story worth telling. As it is, this morbid tale of a pair of British conjoined twins' 1970s punk-rock career is nearly smothered by the form its makers have chosen: a fake documentary using footage from an earlier fabricated documentary and a narrative film based on a novel. The novel exists -- real-life author Brian Aldiss appears in the movie -- which ratchets up the creep factor (by, briefly, making it all seem true). But everything else is obviously, gaudily fake. Directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, who scored with the Terry Gilliam documentary Lost in La Mancha, don't seem to understand how tiresome it is to watch the petulant antics of two adolescent head-bangers, whether or not they're joined at the abdomen. And the fine performances by (non-conjoined and very sexy) twins Harry and Luke Treadaway can't rescue scene after scene of woozy rehearsal and concert footage. Like everything else in the film, they drown in its endless dream-montages and incoherent narrative gimmicks.

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Official Site: www.brothersofthehead.com

Director: Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe

Writer: Brian Aldiss and Tony Grisoni

Producer: Gail Egan and Simon Channing Williams

Cast: Tom Bower, Bryan Dick, Steven Eagles, Tania Emery, Sean Harris, Will Kemp, Nicholas Millard, Harry Treadaway and Luke Treadaway

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