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Enemy (2013)

Director:
Denis Villeneuve
COUNTRY
Canada/Spain
GENRE
Drama/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Enemy
RUNNING TIME
90 minutes
Producer:
M.A. Faura
Niv Fichman
Screenwriter:
Javier Gullón


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Adam Bell / Anthony Claire Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary Mélanie Laurent
Helen Claire Sarah Gadon ˝
Mother Isabella Rossellini

 

Review

Enemy is a heavily allegoric psychological thriller about a man who discovers his own doppelgänger and ends up in a battle of wills with him. Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Incendines) tells his story with a heavily saturated lens and minimalistic (and somewhat awkward) dialogue reminiscent of European cinema. And coupled with the generic nature of the characters and environments, this gives the film an evocative, timeless quality. However, it also contributes to making the narrative detached, with the result being that even if Villeneuve has interesting things to say, they may not make much of an impact. That being said, there's an unnerving quality to many of the crucial scenes here that will get to the patient viewer. And Jake Gyllenhaal's nuanced performance is one of the keys in that respect.

Copyright © 23.3.2015 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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