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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.

20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Double and Doppelgangers feature
In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible even, exemplified by the belief shared by some native tribes in the early days of photography, that it could take away your soul. Or perhaps they were just being super cautious about ownership of their brand image.

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.

13 Films To See In March

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • March 3, 2014 4:46 PM
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12 Films To See In March
The dolorous effects of winter are slowly, ever so slowly, making way for the bright world of spring. Until then, and especially if you’re in one of the regions still covered in snow, you’re probably spending quite a bit of time at the local multiplex. Since February was so short we’re adding an additional two movies to tide you over this month, so hopefully you’ll have a backlog of entertainment for when you can come out of hibernation.

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: New Tense, Sexy NSFW Teaser For 'Enemy' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 1:28 PM
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Enemy
You know the drill by now: this is one the 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen, "a gripping slow burn portrait of the male id/ego, our self-destructive tendencies and how they control us" and just a terrific movie all around that you need to track down this spring. Need more convincing?

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.

Exclusive: First Listen To 3 Tracks From Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans' Score For 'Enemy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 12:45 PM
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Rising composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans have started to make quite a name for themselves, tuning up recent indie hits “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Simon Killer." And in keeping with their knack of lending an eerie, edgy texture to stories off the conventional path, they've once again conjured up something unique for an upcoming thriller.

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