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Denis Villeneuve‘s latest film, Enemy, is not for everybody. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a simple college professor who realizes there’s another man who looks just like him, the film is way more complex than it seems. It’s atmospheric, captivating and wholly engaging. From the first minute, it slowly feeds you fascinating information until a mind-blowing, very odd conclusion. Enemy is one of those movies you can’t wait to discuss after you see it. Then, the more you talk about it, the better it becomes.
Enemy opened in limited release last week and expands today into theaters in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville and many others. To celebrate the expansion of this mind-expanding film, A24 Films has given us two cool, behind the scenes images to premiere. You’ll see Gyllenhaal, Villeneuve and more. Check them out below. Read More »
As Angie said this morning, the mini-trend this year seems to be films featuring doubles or dopplegangers. She mentioned that while covering the trailer for Richard Ayoade’s The Double, which offers a blackly comic look at a man who finds a much more successful version of himself.
Enemy, from director Denis Villeneuve, is something a little more weird. The film is the second pairing of the director and his Prisoners star Jake Gyllenhaal, and it’s a cold, unnerving nightmare in which a mild, stagnating teacher comes face to face with his own double. Both men look the same, and sound exactly the same, but each has a slightly unique nature. The film is a low-key and beautifully shot hallucination that could be interpreted in a few different ways. I loved it, and would encourage anyone intrigued by the premise and tone to check it out.
Below, you can watch a making-of featurette that shows the old-school techniques used to allow Gyllenhaal to play both lead roles. There’s nothing important given away here; certainly the most striking and odd moments of the film remain hidden away. Read More »
Yesterday we showed you the great poster for Enemy, the second film from the director/actor pair of Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhall. (They also made Prisoners together.) Now we’ve got the film’s trailer, and it’s a terrific piece of work. Gyllenhaal plays a teacher who finds a man who seems to be his exact double. But tracking him down doesn’t lead to quite the sort of interaction the teacher expects.
The film looks like a small thriller, and a very moody one. Visually, it is oppressive, and feels completely different from Prisoners. This looks like a chance for Gyllenhaal to take some of his Zodiac impulses and push them into new territory. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Last year director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal finished two films together. One of them, Prisoners, hit in the fall and was notable for the incredible cinematography of Roger Deakins. The other played TIFF and will be released in a limited theatrical run on March 15. That one is Enemy, and it is said to be the better of the two movies.
Gyllenhall plays a paranoid teacher who begins to think he has found his own doppelgänger, and his efforts to learn more about the person take him to dark places. The film is based on the novel of the same name by José Saramago, and features actors such as Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini and Sarah Gadon in supporting roles.
A new poster for the film has been released, and it’s a great classic design that relies on a simple graphic illustration rather than a photo-collage mishmash of big heads and sparks. Check it out below. Read More »
This weekend, the pairing of star Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve equaled the number one movie in the country, Prisoners. Next, the pair will team up again in a story with not one, but two Gyllenhaals. That film is called Enemy, and following a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, a mysterious teaser clip has now come online.
Based on a novel by Jose Saramago, Gyllenhaal stars as a downtrodden college professor who comes to realize there’s a younger version of himself somewhere in the world. It also stars Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini and Sarah Gadon. Check out the teaser below. Read More »