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Judy, V. (2003). Deadly Narcissism in Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 11(2):507-521.
  

(2003). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 11(2):507-521

Deadly Narcissism in Cronenberg's Dead Ringers

Review by:
Vogel Judy

Dead Ringers, a film directed by David Cronenberg, depicts the tragic story of twin brothers Elliot and Beverly Mantle, two gynecologists who share a fascination with the insides of female bodies, explored through surgery and experimentation but not through knowledge based on intimate relationships.

From childhood on, the brothers are involved in a highly symbiotic and narcissistic relationship with each other, resulting in confusion in self–object differentiation as well as distortions in intrapsychic reality at a superego level. In a Mahlerian sense they have never really been psychologically born. This equilibrium is threatened and eventually destroyed by Beverly's attempt to form a separate love relationship with a woman.

Dead Ringers, un film réalisé par David Cronenberg, décrit l'histoire tragique des deux jumeaux gynécologues, Elliot et Beverly Mantle, qui partagent la méOme fascination envers l'intérieur du corps féminin, qu'ils explorent par la chirurgie et l 'expérimentation, mais pas par une connaissance basée sur des rapports intimes.

Depuis leur enfance, les frères entretiennent une relation hautement symbiotique et narcissique, qui donne lieu à une confusion de la différenciation soi-objet et à des déformations de la réalité intrapsychique au niveau du surmoi. Dans le sens de la théorie de Mahler, leur naissance psychologique n'a pas eu lieu. Cet équilibre est menacé et par la suite détruit lorsque Beverly essaie d'avoir un rapport amoureux distinct avec une femme.

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