Director: Denis Villeneuve

90 minutes, Canada-Spain, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

This film was released on Friday 2nd January 2015.

While his girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent) sleeps, solitary history professor Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is watching a film when he suddenly notices a background extra who looks identical to him. Intrigued, Adam’s online research leads him to struggling actor Anthony Claire (Gyllenhaal again) and his pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon). As the lives of the two men become entwined, their respective partners become pawns in a struggle for dominance. Released in the wake of the success of Prisoners (2013), the excellent Enemy, which was director Denis Villeneuve’s first collaboration with Gyllenhaal, is a very different proposition.

Filmed in sickly hues, its take on the doppelgänger is reminiscent of the work of David Lynch, filled with mounting tension, psychological dread, and abstract imagery, leading to what will undoubtedly prove to be one of the year’s most unexpected and striking endings. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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