The Two Doubles: “Enemy” vs. “The Double”
2014 has been, so far, one of the best years for art film in recent memory. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is the current critical darling of indie cinema, but beyond that film (which I have yet to see unfortunately) we are seeing some really fascinating movies from avant garde directors both new and legendary, including “Under the Skin” dir. Jonathan Glazer, “The Zero Theorem” dir. Terry Gilliam, “Only Lovers Left Alive” dir. Jim Jarmusch, “Noah” dir. Darren Aronofsky, “Snowpiercer” dir. Bong Joon-Ho, “Child of God” dir. James Franco, “Grand Budapest Hotel” dir. Wes Anderson, “Lost River” dir. Ryan Gosling. Still upcoming are “Birdman” dir. Alexander Gonzalez Innaritu, which will apparently be made to seem as if the movie is all one long tracking shot, and what looks to be Cronenberg’s answer to the other master surrealist director named David’s “Mulholland Drive”, “Maps to the Stars” also awaits us.
But today we’re going to look at easily the most interesting part of 2014 in film so far, "The Double", directed by Richard Ayoade, based on the philosophical fiction classic by Fydor Dostoyevsky, and "Enemy", directed by Denis Villeneuve, based on the philosophical fiction classic “The Double”, by Jose Saramago. Both films are startlingly similar, and, if you can’t guess, the primary reason why is that the plot is centered around the presence of a doppelganger whose personality is the direct opposite of our protagonist.