Best of Late Night: Enemy
Canada, 2013, 90 Minute Running Time
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Little in Adam Bell’s life seems to interest him. Not his job as a history professor, not his home amid the glassy high-rises of Toronto, not even his gorgeous girlfriend. Then one day he is shocked and thrilled to discover in the background of a film a man who looks like him. Exactly like him. The man turns out to be Anthony Clair, a struggling actor living in a dumpy Toronto suburb.
As Adam sets out to track down Anthony, their lackluster lives become bizarrely intertwined. Already highly praised for films like Maelstrom, Polytechnique, and the Academy Award®-nominated Incendies, Québec director Denis Villeneuve asserts himself as an A-list international filmmaker with this gripping, mind-bending mystery – a companion piece of sorts to his other English-language Jake Gyllenhaal thriller, Prisoners.
Villeneuve perfectly captures the deeply layered motifs in José Saramago’s source novel The Double, matching the complex themes with equally detailed cinematography and sound. Alongside a small but well utilized supporting cast, Jake Gyllenhaal delivers the (dual) performance of his career as Adam and Anthony.
DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve
US Distributor: A24