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
Another poster that can be seen behind Adam in the video store is for the film Hierro (2009). The screenwriter of Hierro is Javier Gullón, he also wrote the screenplay for Enemy. See more »
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 »
[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.,
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Kafka meets Lynch!
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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