At 30, with not much of a job, and too timid in love, Rémi is a little lost in life until the day he has to share it with his doppelgänger, another him, who is overbearing and not very nice. Which one is the real Rémi?
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Right after this movie I watched 'The Double' from 2013. In terms of the main actor, I'd have to give it to Serge, because I thought he was able to play nerdy and confident better than Jesse. This one is more about romance than the other one. This is about natural settings. Both use the novella as a starting point much the same way Dostoevsky used Gogol.
Which is the true cinematic adaptation of The Double? The strong, dark, psychological one? Or is it the understated but deliberate one? An artfully executed bit of interpretive cleverness, made with perfect precision and a smart, deadpan whimsical humour. Still, it's a lot of creative intelligence for not really all that much product. Which is fitting... But intentionally perfect mediocrity's still just a 3.5
Quintessentially French. Sometimes that's a good thing; here it's well... it's like a pebble...
Luna Picoli-Truffaut is worth watching, if only because she's the one who sees through the superficial charm of Remi 2.0 whereas the co-workers are all too willing to go out for drinks with him. Too bad we didn't see more of the guy who gave Remi 1.0 the watch; that would've been an interesting love triangle.
To be honest one Remi would have been sufficient. The opening feline sequence and the music are really great and give considerable hope of something equally intriguing to follow. Sadly, even with the bewitching Delphine, the saturated colour scheme and the mise en scene more generally is all rather try too hard Nouvelle Vague lite. And sadly, as with most French comedies, it just isn't funny; hardly even droll.
Ok, but the surreal aspects and the pseudo intellectualism does not bring much fore and seems to be a device without much of a purpose. The end scene is the highpoint, and it feels like this would have been much better as a short where the slight shortcomings in delivery would have been not only tolerable but nearly desirable.
went downhill after a purrfect start and punny title until the danceoff. all dis for a metaphor of someone overcoming identity/mid-life crisis?
"you met someone intelligent and funny... but feel a pebble in your shoe" jelly much?
complain how everyone keep talking to one other and proceed to go on for another minute
can't stand diegetic piano pieces w/o showing hands (but sure there's time for unnecessary flashbacks)