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The Double (2013) 2014 Subtitles

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Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world.

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Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Richard Ayoade
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska
Supporting actors Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Phyllis Somerville, Gabrielle Downey, Jon Korkes, Craig Roberts, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Susan Blommaert, Bruce Byron, J. Mascis, Tony Rohr, Karima Riachy, Tim Key, Andrew Gruen, Kim Noble
Studio STUDIOCANAL Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Some may call it slow but others may call it thoughtful...It's one of the films you love or hate...Donnie Darko...2001...The Machinist...etc...etc...

Meeting your double is weird enough but when your double is in all ways opposite to you then it's even weirder...and scarier...The double can be the guy or gal we wanna be or the guy or gal we would hate to be...Or a bit of both!

If you want to watch a film that examines the human condition in a funny (but not hilarious) a dark (but not pitch black)...a romantic...(but not Hugh Grant) way then this is the film for you...

Very nice film...Loved it...
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The idea of meeting your own doppelgänger or clone has been explored in movies many times before, one of the most current being the excellent thriller "Enemy" from earlier this year. But that's certainly not the first time that the concept has been delved into with some of the more popular examples being 1988's "Dead Ringers" and the Oscar-winning "Adaptation" from 2002. Each film that has touched on the subject manages to be completely different from one another, and they all seem to have their own agendas. But a new flick that may be a bit harder to figure out is Richard Ayoade's darkly-funny "The Double".

Set in what appears to be the near future, it follows a lonely government clerk named Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) whose unpleasant life is made worse by the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite in personality. Much more confident and charismatic, he begins to take advantage of Simon and slowly take control of his life.

With an astounding performance from Eisenberg playing both of the contrasting characters (his scenes primarily consisting of lengthy monologues) the film has a sort of Hitchcockian feel to it. The cinematography is breathtaking and its style is well-refined making it easy to get yourself lost in it. Plus, due to the great supporting cast - Craig Roberts, Chris O'Dowd, and Wallace Shawn - it succeeds in providing subtly comic moments throughout.

Challenging your perception of other people and making you think deeply about what makes you unique, it's an absorbing and ultimately satisfying movie experience. It may not be for everyone, but I found "The Double" to be a nice surprise and a break from the normal.
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Visually and cinematically fascinating, kind of kafkian (also in the disorienting setting and design, where you never can tell when and where this film is really located), it's an independent film by a new and promising director (Richard Ayonade, who also made Submarine. Better than this one) who's got personality but maybe this time was too ambitious before well defining the shape and reason why of his ambition. So everything here is perfect (even actors) but at the end you come out with nothing in your hand.
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By Rich TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2015
Format: DVD
This is a curious little film. I didn't realise until the credits that it was the work of Richard Ayoade, That make some sense as I know he is quite experimental and challenging. Which is what this film is. Dark and unsettling in places, I nevertheless found it compelling viewing. Jesse Eisenberg yet again turns in a fine performance. It's a difficult film to categorise, but worth viewing if you like to be challenged.

As an aside, it put me in mind of a British film from 1970 called Bartleby, which I saw many, many years ago and seemed quite similar in tone and mood. I wonder if there was an influence there? I see Bartleby has been re-released and must watch it again. Although I saw it only once, it left quite a mark on me.
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I was watching The Double with my Daughter, who very soon announced that: this may have worked very well in the head of the director, but... And then she went for coffee, saying: don't stop the film, while I am in the kitchen. I dare say she changed her tune when she came back.

The film declares to be based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Double, from 1846.
This novel is generally seen as the first novel with a psychological doppelganger.
Romanticism was fading, and gradually replaced by other -isms, but the motif of the doppelganger lived on. No doubt that Dostoyevsky, like so many other writers, was inspired by Jean Paul and E T A Hoffmann, both prime movers in German Romanticism, and developers of the motif of the doppelganger, the mirror motif, and the narcissos motif.

The psychological doppelganger, as a rule of thumb, is only ever seen/perceived by the poor, mentally tortured protagonist. This protagonist is more often than not a young person who is in the process of growing up.
BUT, if you are in a crisis, whatever your age, you may qualify to get a doppelganger, too!!!

Ayoade's The Double may have been released ten years' or so, before it's actual time.
I believe it will grow on me, and other filmfanciers, given time. It already has.
Watching it was a bit like reading Isak Dinesen's Seven Gothic Tales for the first time when you are fourteen years old. You are fascinated, and you feel, that there is more to it than literally meets the eye. Only later, when you have become well-read, and more grown-up, do you realize that recognizing the many mythological, religious, and literary references add to the enjoyment of the text.
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