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Enemy (2013)

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A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

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Denis Villeneuve

Writers:

José Saramago (novel), Javier Gullón
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Adam + Anthony
Mélanie Laurent ... Mary
Sarah Gadon ... Helen
Isabella Rossellini ... Mother
Joshua Peace ... Teacher at School (as Josh Peace)
Tim Post ... Anthony's Concierge
Kedar Brown ... Security Guard
Darryl Dinn ... Video Store Clerk
Misha Highstead Misha Highstead ... Lady in the Dark Room
Megan Mane ... Lady in the Dark Room
Alexis Uiga Alexis Uiga ... Lady in the Dark Room
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Storyline

Adam Bell is a Toronto area History college professor. He is a rather somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine, which includes a relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Mary. While watching a rental movie, he spots an actor in a bit part that looks like him. He becomes obsessed with finding out about this double of his. He learns that the actor's stage name is Daniel Saint Claire, whose legal name is Anthony Claire. Claire is a Toronto based actor with only a few on-screen credits, and is married to a woman named Helen who is currently several months pregnant. Adam then becomes obsessed with meeting Claire, who he learns upon first sighting that they look exactly the same, from the facial hair to a scar each has, but Claire who outwardly is more "put together" than Adam. Their lives become intertwined as Claire himself ends up becoming obsessed with Adam, but in a slightly different way. Written by Huggo

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You can't escape Yourself! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Canada | Spain | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemy See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,161, 14 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,007,088, 11 May 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Adam Bell visits the video store, a poster for Hitchcock's film Vertigo (1958) can be clearly seen behind to the left of him on the wall. This film also has similar themes of duplicity, split personality and infidelity. See more »

Goofs

When Anthony is looking up Adam's contact information online, he views the UGT FACULTY listings page where all the faulty names are rightly listed alphabetically until we arrive at Adam's name, where his last name, Bell, is listed between Shaver and Tyler.

We also see that several of the presumably fake phone numbers have question marks for numbers, including both Adam's cell number (905-569-4?33) and office number (416-9?8-1979).

We also see that the name after Adam's, Ewin Tyler, is listed twice and with unique contact information. But when Helen is then looking at the same screen in the next scene, the first Ewin Tyler name has been replaced with Sam Singleton, with the exact same information listed as was for the previous Ewin Tyler. See more »

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[first lines]
Mother: [leaving a message] Hello, darling, it's your mother. Thank you for showing me your new apartment. I'm worried about you. I mean, how can you live like that? Anyway, would you call me back? Let's get together again. I love you.
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Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love
Performed by Jonathan Richman
Written by Jonathan Richman
Published by Rockin' Leprechaun Music
Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of Vapor Records/Sanctuary Records Group Inc.,
under license from Universal Music Canada
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More An Art House Film Than Mainstream Feature.
12 May 2014 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Asking for your attention at all times, providing little clues in almost every sequence & still leaving you puzzled in the end, Enemy inclines more towards art house cinema than mainstream features and isn't going to please every viewer out there. It tells the story of a college professor living a mundane daily life who later seeks out his doppelgänger after spotting him in a movie thus setting in motion a chain of events which culminates with terrible consequences.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (director of Incendies & Prisoners), Enemy is an ambitious work from the director who, of lately, has been steadily rising as one of the filmmakers to watch out for and is another fine feature in his bag. The writing makes a fine adaptation from the novel it's based on but also infuses more allegories & symbolism in the form of spiders into the script to keep the viewers guessing from start to finish.

Performances by the cast is very good with Jake Gyllenhaal playing the college professor & his lookalike movie actor with fine subtlety & the contribution by the supporting cast is strong as well. Cinematography captures the film with a very warm colour temperature blended with high contrasts along with excellent use of lighting. The background score has a pretty muted presence in here & editing has carefully structured the film with layers after layers of visual motifs.

One thing that'll bug its audience is if Jake Gyllenhaal characters are different persons or same. Other thing that'll leave them utterly confused is the ending if they still haven't figured out the meaning of spiders in the film. But hints are provided throughout its runtime & repeated viewings will only help in clearing those doubts. On an overall scale, Enemy is that brain-teasing cinematic ride which viewers would either risk to experience or reject it outright. Multiple viewings advised.


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