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THE DOUBLE

Director: RICHARD AYOADE

93 minutes, U.K., 2013, Colour, D-Cinema


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Richard Ayoade follows his celebrated debut feature Submarine with this sharply scripted adaptation of a Dostoyevsky novella, an ingenious black comedy that bristles with invention. Jesse Eisenberg plays lonely Simon James, a put upon office lackey whose timidity only sees him belittled by bureaucracy at his place of work, derided by his ailing mother and ignored by Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), the girl of his dreams who works on the office photocopier.

Things only get worse when James Simon, Simon James’ doppelgänger, appears from nowhere. A gregarious, self confident mirror image of Simon, James is immediately accepted and appreciated by the people of Simon’s world, gaining significant rewards at his job and claiming women as easy conquests. As he witnesses Hannah being drawn into James’ orbit, Simon’s fragile grip on reality begins to loosen. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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