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The Double (2013)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  4 April 2014 (UK)
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A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women.

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Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. Written by StudioCanal

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$14,646 (USA) (9 May 2014)

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$185,741 (USA) (18 July 2014)
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The first line of Yasmin Paige's character, Melanie, is "Idiot!", the title of another novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, author of the novel upon which this film is based. See more »

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Simon: I have all these things that I want to say to her, like... Like how I can tell she's a lonely person, even if other people can't. Cause I know what it feels like to be lost and lonely and invisible.
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Bleak, poignant, hilarious work from Britain's next best auteur.
14 May 2014 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

Previously known for his role as a caricature inept nerd in the tongue-in-cheek sitcom The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade has since successfully cut his teeth as a unique voice in British filmmaking. 2011's Submarine is a bleak but joyful coming-of-age film, merging the deadpan quirk of Wes Anderson with the depths of Harold and Maude and his own brand of darkness. His followup film The Double has been frequently criticised for being derivative of its inspirations such as Terry Gilliam's Brazil. However, if you compare Submarine and The Double side by side, it's clear that Ayoade has carved his own style and has claimed an atmosphere of his own that is thoroughly intriguing and exciting. It's a type of filmmaking that's rare these days to be able to get the smooth result Ayoade has achieved. It's the making of a true auteur, he may not be interested in culture, but he's interested in universal existential questions.

This special air is definitely achieved through the aesthetics above all. Immediately we are greeted to The Double with fractured lighting, hurriedly curving and flashing across Jesse Eisenberg's face. The film is dark, much darker than Submarine. Meticulously designed settings are deliberately lit to avoid concerning themselves with characters and instead focus on stalagmites of light that they incidentally pass through. It creates a distinct mood, one foot in cinema and one ostensibly in the nature of theatre. However, it mostly does things theatre can't do with dynamic editing and kinetic camera-work. Through the moodiness of its atmosphere comes a great sense of humour from the script that constantly had me rolling with laughter. Some jokes may be familiar, but its executed with such a sharp precision that it feels fresh. Even though the film may be bleak and blunt, its hilarity is what sticks.

Eisenberg plays the droppelgangers with icy precision. It's rare to find a quiet, introverted character done right. I really related to his Simon with his hardly audible voice and hunched up hesitance. You don't find non-confrontational characters that melt into the wall like how Eisenberg portrays. There's such delicate subtleties in the way he carries himself so the two characters are easily distinguishable. However, the film can feel clumsy when it gets too busy with characters as Ayoade appears to panic and not know what to do with them all. Fortunately it swiftly focuses again and that's where it shines in the smaller interactions. I did find myself getting confused at some point between the two Eisenbergs but I guess that highlights the films point about identity confusion. What potential do we have? What are we bound by? How do we feel real? The Double is a poignant, thoughtful but thoroughly entertaining film. I'm already in line for the next outing from Ayoade.

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