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Interview: Denis Villeneuve Talks Shooting Toronto For 'Enemy,' Dipping Into The Subconscious & His Next Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 12:01 PM
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Enemy, Denis Villeneuve
A cinematic puzzle that dives deep into the realm of the subconscious, Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy" blurs reality with absurdity, surreality and sometimes, straight up WTF excursions into the strange. But his film is not coy provocation, nor does it simply circumvent traditional narrative routes as a parlor trick. Instead, across 90 tight, captivating minutes, Villeneuve takes viewers into a crumbling relationship, and the portrait of a man torn between two women, weighing responsibility against desire.

Review: Denis Villeneuve's Terrifically Haunting 'Enemy' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 13, 2014 5:05 PM
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Enemy, Jake Gyllenhaal
At the risk of blatantly repeating ourselves, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve are on the cusp of a banner 2013 that is about to hit its crest. Their first-unveiled collaboration, the harrowing, Fincher-with-more-emotional-resonance crime thriller “Prisoners” has already bruised audiences in Telluride and Toronto (read our review here). But if “Prisoners” is the grimmest studio film you’ve seen since “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” then “Enemy”—chronologically their first collaboration—is the equally dark but more experimental and arty cousin. And a terrifically haunting one at that.

Exclusive: 'Enemy' Featurette Explores Adapting The Novel By The Maestro José Saramago

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 11:01 AM
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Enemy
As Denis Villeneuve's transfixing psychothriller "Enemy" heads to theaters, one thing that perhaps has been forgotten in coverage about the film is that it's based on the novel by José Saramago. Indeed, the Nobel Prize winning Portuguese writer's excellent "The Double" is the source material for the film, which takes the concept of a man discovering his exact double in a movie, and transplants it to Toronto for a tale of identity, sexuality and much more. And in this new, exclusive featurette we see how that transition came about.

Interview: Jake Gyllenhaal Talks The Duality Of 'Enemy' And Why He Wants You To Be Confused

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • March 11, 2014 4:03 PM
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Enemy
At its most basic, “Enemy” is about a man having an affair. Then again, nothing about “Enemy” should be described as “basic.” Denis Villeneuve’s film, which premiered last September at the Toronto Film Festival, is a psychological thriller, a psychosexual dream, an exploration in duality, and an arachnophobic’s worst nightmare (that last one will make more sense once you actually see the movie). It’s about a man, Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal), who discovers he has a doppelganger living on the other side of town. Is it the same person? Is it his long lost twin? Is it a figment of his imagination? It all sounds a bit perplexing, but these are the questions the movie forces you to answer.

Watch: Discover The Women Of 'Enemy' With New Featurette & Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 2:07 PM
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Enemy
While Jake Gyllenhaal's dual turn is the center of "Enemy," orbiting around him are three women who are integral to the story. And they come to the forefront in this new featurette which provides yet another behind-the-scenes peek at the film.

Watch: Explore How Denis Villeneuve Crafted 'Enemy' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal With 4-Minute Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 12:47 PM
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Enemy, Jake Gyllenhaal
While the idea of an actor playing against himself is often utilized as a novelty selling point, it's clear that for director Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal it was just a starting point for what would be "Enemy." Based on the book by Jose Saramago and dealing with themes of identity, personality and more, it's a film that wants to be taken seriously, and not just for the technical feat of putting Jake Gyllenhaal on film opposite himself.

'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve Will Tell 'The Story Of Your Life' In Sci-Fi Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 8:23 PM
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The Story Of Your Life Denis Villeneuve
While we're a little bummed the excellent "Prisoners" didn't get a little more Oscar love (it managed one nomination for Roger Deakins' excellent cinematography), the success of the film at least means more movies from Denis Villeneuve which is just fine by us. And while last month saw the helmer considering to direct the border drama "Sicario," it looks like something else has commanded his attention.

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal & Denis Villeneuve Talk Collaborating On 'Enemy' Plus New Poster & Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 9:36 AM
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Enemy JAKE GYLLENHAAL & DENIS VILLENEUVE
While we spent a good chunk of the fall praising "Prisoners" (it featured one of our favorite shots of 2013), equally excellent is Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve's other collaboration "Enemy." Catching the film at TIFF, we described it as "part enigmatic existentialist thriller, part psychosexual drama" and one that is "exceptionally dark, harrowing, and especially consuming." Basically, it's one of the Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen and with a spring release date set, we're going to be seeing much more from the film very soon.

A24 Sets 2014 Dates For Scarlett Johannson's 'Under The Skin,' Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Enemy' & Locke' With Tom Hardy

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 3, 2014 11:34 AM
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A24 Release Dates Under The Skin Enemy Locke
While many modern cinephiles are going gaga for adventurous producers like Annapurna Pictures ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Master," "Her," "American Hustle" to name a few), there's also another game in town that's quietly building up an impressive roster. Barely a year old, indie distribution company A24 has made quite a name for itself in the last year for acquiring domestic rights to auteur-driven indie fare such as Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa," Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," and James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" (some of our favorite films of the past year).

'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve’s Discusses Our "Best Shot Of The Year"

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Prisoners
Written by Aaron Guzikowski, “Prisoners” is a dark crime drama about revenge, sin and the pond-drop ripples of violence. It is also, thanks to cinematography giant Roger Deakins, one of the most evocatively shot films of 2013, and features the single shot that we deemed our favorite of 2013 — the "Tree Shot," for want of a more descriptive name, that tells us nothing at all and everything we need all at once.

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