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Enemy [DVD]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Adapted from author Jos 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 (Mlanie 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.
  • Credits
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini
  • Critic Reviews
    "In ENEMY, we don't find a clear debt to any particular doubles-themed work of literature or cinema, but rather echoes of the concerns and stylistic penchants of directors such as Bergman, Bunuel, Polanski, Kieslowki and Antonioni..."

    3 stars out of 4 -- "[Gyllenhaal] infuses each man with so many subtle but distinctive differences, were never confused about which of the Two Jakes were seeing onscreen. Its quietly magnificent work."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[A] tense, surreal and somber thriller..."
    USA Today

    "[Gyllenhaal] effectively limns his subtly turned mirror-image performances, and he's ably aided by Laurent and especially Gadon."
    Los Angeles Times

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