DVD - 2014
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Adam Bell, a glum, disheveled history professor who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend Mary. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double; a bit-part actor named Anthony St. Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : distributed by Lionsgate, c2014.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,5.1 Dolby Digital
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the main concept was first generated by edgar allan poe, in his short story, WILLIAM WILSON. Dostoevskii wrote a long short story, THE DOUBLE. Otto Rank published a monograph about the DOPPELGANGER: he tied it to moral masochism. just thought you would appreciate an opportunity to take the concept (certainly also a reality of everyday life)to a scholastic level. p.s. Ringo, famous drummer of the Fab Four, had a song early on into his solo career: IT DON'T COME EASY ( not about doppelganger-ism, or moral masochism, but the title suggests the amount of effort needed to take popular entertainment into the scholastic realm). But it is worth it to those who enjoy breaking new ground.

Nov 15, 2018

Absolutely loved it. Some people just don't get it. Denis Villeneuve is pretty damn great!

Aug 26, 2018

Among the top 5 worst movies I ever wasted 90 minutes on, all the time naively waiting for something to happen. Pretentious pap without a shred of meaning. Someone told me once to never buy anything made in Canada with moving parts. This also apparently applies to movies. Nothing there to give a rating.

Apr 26, 2018

Filmed in an appropriately monochromatic Toronto of faded buildings and yellow smog, Denis Villeneuve’s psychosexual phantasm of a film hovers somewhere between the twisted suspense of an older Hitchcock and the mental aberrations of a younger Cronenberg. Shored up by Gyllenhaal’s bravura double performance as history professor Adam Bell and lookalike bit actor Anthony Clare, as well as a worthy supporting cast that includes Isabella Rossellini as Bell’s enigmatic mother, Mélanie Laurent as his frigid girlfriend, and Toronto’s own Sarah Gadon as Clare’s pregnant wife, Javier Gullón’s adaptation of José Saramago’s novel knows just how much to reveal through delicate clues and how much to obscure beneath layers of jarring metaphor—a visit to a strip club resonates with id impulses, spiders make for some startling cameos, and Adam’s class lectures on despots and control wax prophetic. And throughout it all Villeneuve holds the reins with both hands, letting Gyllenhaal stretch his wings (he really does manage to play two different men thanks in part to some clever filming) yet never allowing the situation to spin into absurdity. Bell’s panicky confusion grows proportionally to Clare’s oddly vindictive spite while the two women face an identity crisis of their own leading to a host of closing images that confound even as they illuminate. “Chaos is order yet undeciphered” states the author in an opening quotation, a sentiment Villeneuve takes to heart as he hints and prods but leaves the final codebreaking to his audience.

Jan 14, 2018

One of the weirdest movies I've ever seen. When you have to Google what the ending means, I don't think that's a good thing.

Dec 18, 2017

Wow, I have to say I'm shocked at all the negative feedback on this film. Apologies to those members waiting for the hold request...on the bright side I guess I've been delaying what may be for you an absolutely boring, pointless film experience. Hahaha. x-] I freaking loved this movie, noting that it's always a challenge to portray tedium without being tedious, but I never thought we were drifting into that territory. Jake Gyllenhaal performed brilliantly in duplicate, the slow burn of the unfolding story was nice & cohesive, with some powerful insights into envy, disillusionment, & personal darkness. The ending is totally jarring, & lifts the entire narrative into the realm of folklore almost, comparable to the karmic blowback of Jan Svankmajer's "Conspirators of Pleasure". Definitely worth ignoring the haters on this one...five stars on stage wearing nothing but high heels! CR

Dec 06, 2017

Bizarre, surreal, dark, and creepy. A real downer; even if this could make sense.
And again, aside from all that is the one thing that plagues so many films:
NO ONE WOULD ACT OR REACT THE WAY THEY CONTINUALLY HAVE THE MAIN CHARACTERS DO, in 95% of the scenes. Oh, and lots of gratuitous nudity. (There always is bad films...)
Your Canadian Tax $ at work!! : P

Jun 18, 2017

Pretty strange and not very interesting. You never really got any insight into the characters and they were all pretty boring anyway.

May 18, 2017

Finally a movie that explores the deep philosophical question of whether or not Jake Gyllenhaal likes blueberries.

Mar 31, 2017

A wife-swappin' fantasy? Shot in fulvous yellow in Toronto; the women are actually more interesting: Isabella Rosselini as mother, Mélanie Laurent, the blonde, name? She's much better in A Royal Night Out as young QEII. Is Canadian Villeneuve overrated? Can't wait to see his Blade Runner sequel.....

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