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3,060 Ratings

Enemy

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Canada, Spain, 2013
Mystery

Synopsis

Adam Bell is a History college professor. He is a somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine, which includes a relationship with his girlfriend Mary. While watching a rental movie, he spots an actor who looks like him. These two identical men’s encounter will completely change their lives.

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Enemy Directed by 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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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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This is a film in which every stammer or pause billows with suspicion, inexplicable unease, or outright doom. But Saramago’s original title is instructive when applied to this layered, blackly comical, ingeniously eerie adaptation.
March 05, 2014
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