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The Double (2013)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Simon / James
... Hannah
... Mr Papadopoulos
... Melanie
... Harris
... The Colonel
... Kiki
... Simon's Mother
Gabrielle Downey ... Strange Woman
... Detective
... Young Detective
... Guard / Doctor
... Liz
Bruce Byron ... Skinhead
... Janitor (as J Mascis)
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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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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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4 April 2014 (UK)  »

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Dvojnik  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,646, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$200,268, 15 August 2014
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James Fox (The Colonel) is the father-in-law of the director Richard Ayoade as he has been married to his daughter Lydia Fox since 2007. See more »

Quotes

Workers' Services Executive: You don't exist anymore.
Simon: Excuse me?
Workers' Services Executive: You're no longer in the system.
Simon: Well, just put me back in the system.
Workers' Services Executive: I can't put you back in the system.
Simon: Why?
Workers' Services Executive: Because you don't exist. I can't put someone who doesn't exist in the system.
Simon: But I used to be in the system.
Workers' Services Executive: Not according to the system. In fact, according to the system, you've never existed.
Simon: How reliable is the system?
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References Brazil (1985) See more »

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After the Sayonara
aka "Sayonarano Atode"
Written by Kyouhei Tsutsumi, Jun Hashimoto
Published by Standard Music Publishers Inc (JASRAC)
All rights administered by Warner/Chappel Music Holland B.V
Performed by The Blue Comets
Licensed Watanabe Music Publishing Co. Ltd
Administered by Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the UK & Eire
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what a great piece of filmmaking
10 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was surprised to see the bad reviews on IMDb. This is actually the most creative, enigmatic, philosophical and visually stunning film I've seen in a long time (and MUCH better than the disappointing Villeneuve's "Enemy"). Every scene is made in an unusual and unexpected way...enhancing the awkwardness of the characters and the story as a whole. From the very first 10 minutes I knew I was watching something really special.

"Submarine" was cute, but this is the film that definitely makes Ayoade one of the most promising directors nowadays. Can't wait to see what he's gonna do next.


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