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Teeming with anxiety and a quiet hiss of paranoia, Denis Villeneuve’s latest work of thrilling cinema, Enemy, plays out like a confounding nightmare that wanders between myriad levels of consciousness. Shroud in a yellow layer of smog, the film brings you into a beautifully shot world that feels less like the downtown Toronto in which it is set, and more like a psychological landscape of ever-encroaching fear.
Stripped to its most basic storyline, the film follows Jake Gyllenhaal as Adam Bell, a history professor caught in a life of repetition whose mind begins to unravel as he discovers the existence of his doppelganger. As an adaptation of José Saramago’s The Double, Villeneuve’s Enemy extracts the novel’s most menacing tones and haunted psychological through-lines to create a psychodramatic thriller told with the surrealistic undercurrents of dream logic, making it as playful for the audience as it is on the page.
DISSECTING ‘ENEMY’ WITH DIRECTOR DENIS VILLENEUVE
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