Grotesque (Grave Indiscretion, or Gentleman Don't Eat
Poets) is a very black, very British comedy that puts an
unusual and perversely entertaining spin on the classic
tea-cup-and-intrigue mystery. Sir Hugo Coal (Alan
Bates) is a grumpy, eccentric English gentleman (and
self-styled paleontologist) obsessed with reconstructing a
dinosaur skeleton with bones dredged up from a nearby moor.
He is also penniless, and so must live vicariously off the
inheritance of his smoldering American wife Harriet
Enter: the crafty and secretive Fledge (Sting)
and his wife and co-conspirator Doris (Trudie
Styler) the new Coal family servants. Fledge
immediately sets his sights on Harriet and the Coal fortune,
Doris on the household wine cellar. When Hugo
and Harriet's daughter Cleo (Lena Headey)
announces her engagement to demure poet Sidney Giblet
(Steven Mackintosh), Hugo is less than
pleased, but not for long, since Sidney is murdered
soon after and, we learn, his body gruesomely disposed of.
As the rivalry between Fledge and Hugo
escalates, Cleo, the police, and the poet's shrewd
mother Mrs. Giblet (Anna Massey) follow
a trail of clues from the swampy, bone-littered moor to the
Coal pig sties and finally back to the Coal dinner table.