Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurrent, Sarah Gadon
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Country of Origin: Canada, Spain 2013 90 mins.
Released by ARTIFICIAL EYE/CURZON FILM RELEASING
'Kafkaesque, a fascinating abstract mind game.'
A frame one hit you opening. In a sex club the audience, including Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) watch impassively as a woman masturbates. She leaves and a naked woman walks in carrying a silver serving dish. She lifts the lid to reveal a tarantula which she crushes with her high heeled shoe.
Loosely adapted from Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s 2004 novel 'The Double', Denis Villeneuve's 'Enemy' is a surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. Adam Bell's a glum neurotic history professor whose more interested in marking student papers than romps in bed with the beautiful Mary (Melanie Laurent). Each day repeats itself. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor Anthony St. Clair (Jake Gyllenhaal). He's really Anthony Claire and rides a motor bike and loves sex. Adam's drives a grey beat-up old car and needs to find this man in a Toronto of grey concrete abstract images. Is it Toronto ? They meet and their lives become bizarrely intertwined. Anthony's wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) is similar to to Adam's girlfriend Mary except that she's pregnant. How will it end? That would be telling. And what about the spider?
Shades of David Cronenberg? Perhaps. Abstract, fascinating and frustrating with a Kafkaesque and Bunuelian feel.