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Denis Villeneuve (2013)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This perplexing and - at one unexpected moment - utterly terrifying Canadian/Spanish thriller is adapted from Portuguese novel O Homem Duplicado (The Duplicated Man, published in English as The Double) by Nobel prize-winner José Saramago. Intriguing French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) finds themes in common with Dostoyevsky's The Double, in which a clerk's life is ruined by his doppelganger (recently filmed by Richard Ayoade) but it couldn't be more different in tone. In what appears to be an alternate, possibly totalitarian Toronto, Jake Gyllenhaal's soulless college lecturer chances upon his own duplicate (also Gyllenhaal) in a rented movie and proceeds to stalk him. While impending chaos seems to hover over the high-rise city and spiders are crushed for entertainment in a sex club, the two Jakes meet and their lives merge. Heavy with symbolism and the subconscious, Villeneuve's remote style, de-saturated palate and lack of answers make Enemy difficult to love, but it will stay with you.


A professor who has become bored with his routine life spots a man in a film who looks exactly like him. He becomes obsessed with finding out who the actor playing the role is, and develops an intense relationship with his double's pregnant wife. Thriller based on the novel by Jose Saramago, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini.

Cast & Crew

Adam / Anthony Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary Mélanie Laurent
Helen Sarah Gadon
Adam's mother Isabella Rossellini
Director Denis Villeneuve

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Film WorldGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Jan 2015