Director Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy Stars Jake Gyllenhaal & Mélanie Laurent

Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, The Nightcrawler) plays Adam Bell, a university lecturer in Toronto, Canada, who is professionally unfulfilled and at the end of a relationship with his girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent). One night, watching a film recommended by a colleague, he sees a minor actor who looks exactly like him. Adam becomes obsessed with him and their lives become intertwined.

Based on the novel The Double by José Saramago, Enemy is a dark psychological and experimental thriller directed by French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. Gyllenhaal is masterful in the dual role of Adam and Anthony, both underachievers facing middle age, and he uses subtlety in the characters to startling effect.

Enemy considers the power of the subconscious mind in the context of identity, conveying a nervous tension etched with curiosity and fear. The opening epigram reads “Chaos is order yet undeciphered” and this runs throughout the story. It is a blank canvas on which to paint your own vision, rich in fascination and surreal moments.

Matt Swain

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1. Still from Enemy.