Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a “powerful and memorable” (V Magazine) dual-edged performance in this thriller about a history professor bored by his glum life–until the day he spots his doppelganger and decides to track him down. When the men finally meet, their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.
A history professor is bored by his glum life – until the day he spots his doppelganger and decides to track him down. When the men finally meet, their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini
“Chaos is order yet undeciphered” proclaims a confounding yet explicitly authoritative title card at the beginning of Enemy (2013), Québécois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s inscrutable adaptation of José Saramago’s 2002 novel “The Double.” It’s a film that’s chilling, sensual, eerie, perhaps at times indulgent, and yet always an artful and audacious affair. Jake Gyllenhaal, in an understated yet riveting dual performance, is Adam, a history professor in a passionless relationship with Mary (Mélanie Laurent) who soon discovers, after renting a DVD, that an actor in a small role appears to be his doppelgänger. After a little legwork, Adam finds the actor’s talent agency, intercepts some mail and learns his name, Anthony Clair. As the puzzle-like film unravels, the viewer is treated, amongst other existential horror high jinx, to troubling imagery of spiders, stifled femininity, a tough, washed-out looking Toronto landscape, and increasing dreamlike delusions building to an arresting conclusion and a final shot that is totally terrifying. Enemy is a resonating work that not only does the Saramago source material a great deal of justice, but presents itself as seductive cinema, sensational at times and quick, guaranteed to pervade the viewer while offering up nightmare fuel and darkly troubling fantasy.
Villeneuve is one of the most prolific directors of our time. Has yet to disappoint. This is a thought provoking understated film.
Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal is a winning combination.
Great mind fuck