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Kanada, Spanien, 2013

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Adam Bell is a Toronto area History college professor. He is a rather somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine, which includes a relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Mary. While watching a rental movie, he spots an actor in a bit part that looks like him.

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Enemy Regie Denis Villeneuve
. . . One of the all-time great Toronto movies: the baffling and brilliant Enemy, which at the height of “Torontopia” recast the GTA as a jaundiced metropolis thick with webs of deceit and paranoia. Aided immeasurably by the dual performance of his Prisoners star Jake Gyllenhaal as two men who mysteriously share the same face, Villeneuve melded the cryptic symbolism of his first films to an ever-subtler and more sophisticated visual technique; the result was a miniature mindfuck classic.
September 23, 2017
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With its strong dosage of dream and male-centred eroticism (Mélanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon, as the two men’s partners, barely register as characters), Villeneuve’s film is eerie, unsettling and ultimately opaque: a riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a murky spiderweb. I’m not convinced, but Enemy has morbid elegance to spare, which should guarantee it some long-term cult prestige.
January 04, 2015
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All this is highly indicative of a filmmaker who’s having a grand old time. That might come sometimes at the viewer’s expense, but it’s hard to begrudge Villeneuve his indulgences when they yield this much pleasure. The director seems consistently delighted at this opportunity to shift away from the high-minded seriousness of Prisoners and Incendies (2010) and demonstrate the same flair for the absurd he showed in Maelstrom (2000).
January 02, 2015
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  • J. O.'s rating of the film Enemy

    More fine filmmaking from one of Canada's most talented directors. This was surprisingly engaging and quite risky. Despite the bleak and oppressive sun-bleached cityscapes that punctuate the film, the last act will send chills up your spine - and they last. The arachnid imagery fades in and out - helping weave a web around the characters, over the city, and through the viewer. Subtle, thrilling filmmaking.

  • jessetaylor's rating of the film Enemy

    It's rare to come across such a surrealist thriller - especially one with Cronenbergian proportions - and have it be so downright smart at the same time. Enemy depicts the disturbed split persona of Adam... or is it Anthony? Is this an imaginary pas de deux between his psyche or is there more to this enigma? Analyzing and ultimately solving this film's mystery was one of the most exciting film experiences I have had.

  • dave gunn's rating of the film Enemy

    A surreal, perfectly crafted tale about one man's fear of commitment and the inner conflict it creates. The acting is superb, the atmosphere is ominous, creepy, and tense, and the use of symbolism is successful, albeit terrifying in how they broadcasted it. This stays with you long after you finish it.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Enemy

    A superb film which explores the duality of man unlike any I've seen before. What makes Villeneuve's film so compelling is how he entwines grim comedy & psychological terror as well as embedding a political message in the subtext. Like many intelligent artists, Villeneuve hides his 'message' but only out of protection (Bunuel) rather than narcissism (Dali, even though he has none; which is a message in & of itself).

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Enemy

    Villeneuve is the most exciting director working in Hollywood today because - not despite - he has yet to make his masterpiece ('Incendies' comes closest). In a somewhat old-fashioned way he is being given space to grow and nurture his obvious talent, turning in both big-hitters and smaller curios, like 'Enemy'. How nice to know that a director's best work is ahead of them.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Enemy

    Nobody does dread quite entertainingly asphyxiating as Villeneuve does. The story ain't much, Gyllenhaal is as always walking the thin line of terribly committed and terrible commitment, but the atmosphere is astounding. Saramago would've been proud.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Enemy

    It began as teacher tedious routine in shades of ochre, quickly becoming a psychological thriller between two doppelgänger guys, and ending with a giant WTF moment. So much in such short time! We never know exactly why Adam and Anthony look-alike, but do we really care?

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Enemy

    A spider is haunting Toronto (or wherever you happen to be) -- the spider of Leviathan, the shadow-beast, emerged from the depths alongside us and shape-shifting ever since, compelling even the most idealistic politics toward tyranny and destabilizing human connection in a venomous bath of insecurity, envy, and fear. Enemy, a grimly dazzling fever-dream, enacts its dance; a toxic tarantella for self and secret-self.

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