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(2013)

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The cast signed a confidentiality agreement that doesn't allow them to speak and/or explain to the press the meaning of spiders in the movie.
The quote which precedes the film's opening - 'chaos is order yet undeciphered' - is taken from the source novel 'The Double' by José Saramago.
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According to the director, Denis Villeneuve, Javier Bardem was offered the lead role but the actor felt he didn't suit the character. Christian Bale was also offered the role and he wanted to do it but couldn't due to scheduling conflicts with other projects.
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The song played inside the video store is called "The Cheater". The lyrics are telling a story of a guy who can't control himself with his temptation of sleeping around.
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For the scenes in which Adam and Anthony are in the same room, Villeneuve used a tennis ball on a stick as a point of reference so Gyllenhaal would know what to look at.
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The names of bellhops #1 and #2 that Adam searches for, Fraser Ash and Kevin Krikst, are the associate producers of the film.
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One of two movies released in 2013 about characters meeting duplicates of themselves. The other was The Double, staring Jesse Eisenberg. The films are also both based on novels called The Double, but the books and films are otherwise unrelated.
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The first of two consecutive collaborations between Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve, the other being Prisoners (2013). However, Prisoners (2013) was released before this film.
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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.
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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.
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The names of the two characters played by Gyllenhaal form both a clue to the film's interpretation and an ironic commentary on its difficulty: Claire (Clear) as A. (Adam) Bell.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The spider that is walking through the city is a reference to Louise Bourgeois' sculpture which is called 'Maman'.
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While no explanation was given for the presence of spiders, it has been analyzed by many people that they represent as Adam/Anthony's weakness to women, making him less dominant.
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The scene where Adam goes to meet Anthony in a hotel there's a board which reads 'FREE SATEL ITE' with deliberately one 'L' missing to show that it is the same person.
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