Two films currently screening have as their central theme the Kafkaesque world of doppelgängers.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays two roles in Denis Villeneuve’s taught thriller Enemy, which opens at Utopolis this week.
On the one hand he is the shy and rather dull history professor Adam, on the other he is the more confident motorcycle riding bit part actor Anthony. Adam discovers his doppelgänger in a background scene while watching a rented movie and sets out to investigate Anthony.
So far, so mystery thriller. But Villeneuve imbues his film with what Sound On Sight reviewer Josh Speigel calls an “unnerving” atmosphere that includes some rather Lynchian visions. Gyllenhall steals the show in both roles, while Mélanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon co-star as the men’s respective lovers, while Isabelle Rossellini also has a role as a mother.
Villeneuve, who directed Gyllenhaal in the excellent Prisoners, is certainly a director to watch.
Set in a distinctly more Kafkaesque world (though actually an update of the Dostoevsky novel), The Double, stars Jesse Eisenberg in the dual roles of Simon James, an unimpressive but steady office worker, and new arrival James Simon, who exudes confidence and likeability.
The twist is that nobody else notices that the two look alike.
The seemingly ubiquitous Mia Wasikowska plays the love interest, while staunch supporting players include as Noah Taylor, Wallace Shawn and Craig Roberts--who starred in coming of age comic drama Submarine, the last film by director Richard Ayoade (yes, Moss from the IT Crowd).
The Double is on at Utopia.
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