Enemy

Enemy

Director: Denis Villeneuve, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini

Cast: Denis Villeneuve, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini

     
 

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Adapted from author José Saramago's novel The Double, director Denis Villeneuve's enigmatic drama Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a detached college professor whose life becomes hopelessly intertwined with that of his doppelganger -- a sexually insatiable actor. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a socially isolated man who's more

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Adapted from author José Saramago's novel The Double, director Denis Villeneuve's enigmatic drama Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a detached college professor whose life becomes hopelessly intertwined with that of his doppelganger -- a sexually insatiable actor. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a socially isolated man who's more comfortable lecturing to college students than he is making love to his lustful girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent). One day, on the advice of a colleague, Adam sits down to watch a romantic comedy and what he sees on the screen leaves him deeply disturbed: A supporting player in the film credited as Anthony Clair (also Gyllenhaal), is Adam's spitting image -- right down to the distinctive scar on both of their chests. Compelled to track down his onscreen look-a-like, Adam soon locates Anthony in Mississauga, and begins obsessively tracking his every move. Later, Adam's ongoing search for answers prompts him to pay a visit to his own eccentric mother (Isabella Rossellini), as well as and Anthony's pregnant wife (Sarah Gadon). But it isn't until Adam and Anthony finally come face-to-face that the details connecting them become truly uncanny.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Spiders infest the mind of a man haunted by his own infidelity in Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, a deliberate and unsettling psychological mystery that plays out like a David Lynch screenplay directed by David Cronenberg. Cerebral and uncompromising, it's the kind of film that offers cinephiles plenty to process and cynics even more to mock. While repeated viewings are likely to reward those who seek to unlock all of the story's mysteries, casual moviegoers will likely find the first watch a chore despite Enemy's unusually short running time. Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a socially isolated history professor in Toronto who's more comfortable lecturing to his students than he is making love to his lustful girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent). One day, on the advice of a colleague, Adam sits down to watch a romantic comedy, but what he sees on the screen leaves him deeply disturbed: A supporting player in the film, credited as Anthony Clair (Gyllenhaal again), is his spitting image. Compelled to track down his onscreen look-alike, Adam soon locates Anthony in Mississauga and convinces him that they should meet. When the two men finally come face-to-face, the similarities are uncanny -- right down to the distinctive scar on both of their chests. Later, as Anthony turns hostile, Adam's search for answers prompts him to pay a visit to his eccentric mother (Isabella Rossellini, reinforcing the Lynchian vibe), who dismisses his theories and insists that he's an only child. Meanwhile, Adam and Anthony's fates become increasingly intertwined. If you're the kind of viewer who likes to "switch off your brain" when you head to the movies, a word of caution: Enemy will leave you livid. For those who don't mind having their organic CPU running when the lights dim, Villeneuve and screenwriter Javier Gullón drop us into the darkest recesses of a man's tortured conscience and trust that we possess the intelligence to feel our way out. From the provocative opening scene to the unnerving penultimate shot, Enemy offers no easy answers. What it does offer is a uniquely surreal take on familiar subject matter, and a pair of restrained yet telling performances by Gyllenhaal. If his two characters in Enemy never quite seem complete on their own, that's by design; if you watch closely and listen for clues, there's much more going on here than meets the eye. Of course, to discuss those clues would be a grave disservice to the movie, as Villeneuve and Gullón work diligently to structure their story in a manner that disorients the viewer while simultaneously immersing us in its mystery. Enemy isn't attempting to entertain you in the traditional sense, which means you'll get as much out of it as you care to put in. If that intrigues you, get ready for a dark ride and a fascinating post-film discussion. If not, there's always the multiplex.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2014
UPC:
0031398196839
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
13,187

Special Features

"Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy" featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jake Gyllenhaal Adam + Anthony
Mélanie Laurent Mary
Isabella Rossellini Mother
Joshua Peace Teacher at School
Tim Post Anthony's Concierge
Kedar Brown Security Guard
Darryl Dinn Video Store Clerk
Misha Highstead Lady in the Dark Room
Megan Mane Lady in the Dark Room
Alexis Uiga Lady in the Dark Room

Technical Credits
Denis Villeneuve Director
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Fraser Ash Associate Producer
Velma Barkwell Musical Direction/Supervision
Marc Bech Sound Editor
Danny Bensi Score Composer
Nicolas Bolduc Cinematographer
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Sean Breaugh Art Director
Luc Dery Co-producer
Reid A. Dunlop Asst. Director
Miguel A. Faura Producer
Niv Fichman Producer
Sari Friedland Co-producer
Javier Gullón Screenwriter
Matthew Hannam Editor
François Ivernel Executive Producer
Saunder Jurriaans Score Composer
Kevin Krikst Associate Producer
Victor Loewy Executive Producer
Cameron Mccracken Executive Producer
Kim McCraw Co-producer
Albert Ribas Sound Editor
Juan Romero Associate Producer
Morag Ross Makeup
Mark Slone Executive Producer
Martha Sparrow Set Decoration/Design
Oriol Tarrago Sound/Sound Designer
Isaac Torras Associate Producer
Patrice Vermette Production Designer

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