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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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Mystery | Thriller

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

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An 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

The film title "Where There's a Will, There's a Way" in the movie was a catchphrase of Denis Villeneuve's high school English teacher, as a reminder to work harder in life. See more »

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(at around 5 mins) During his lecture, professor Bell is standing in front of a blackboard filled with concepts and philosophers' names. The name of German philosopher Fichte is misspelled as "Fitche". See more »

Quotes

[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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References Dogma (1999) See more »

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The Cheater
Performed by Bob Kuban and The In-Men
Written by John Krenski
Published by Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music (BMI) / Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada (SOCAN)
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Master recording courtesy of Hickory Music
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Kafka meets Lynch!
18 November 2013 | by corrosion-2See all my reviews

Denis Villeneuve, whose last two films were the hugely impressive Incendies and Prisoners, has concocted a real oddity here. If you can imagine David Lynch adapting a Kafka novel, then you will be in the right neighborhood! In Incendies and Prisoners,Villeneuve inserted serious moral and social issues in the context of first rate thrillers' Here he follows the same tradition but the tone is more abstract and absurd. Neverherless, Enemy, adapted from a novel by the Nobel prize winner Jose Saramago, is always gripping and totally fascinating. A man (Jake Gyllenhaal) gets a recommendation from a colleague to watch a particular video. The main actor in the video appears to be his doppelgänger and the two agree to meet. To reveal any more would lessen the enjoyment of this highly original film. Well worth catching.


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