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Dostoyevsky’s minor classic short story sees a downtrodden office clerk Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin (played here as Simon James by Jesse Eisenberg) brought to the brink of madness, when a doppelganger comes to his workplace and no one but Simon seems to see that they are essentially the same person. Whether Dostoyevsky’s protagonist is suffering from schizophrenia is unclear but highly probable, and his low self-esteem and feeling that he is an invisible non-person in his highly regimented society only add to his sense of ‘lost-ness’.
Eisenberg is outstanding as both the pathetic Simon and his uber-confident double James, while support from the likes of Wallace Shawn as Simon’s fast-talking line-manager, Tim Key as a creepy nurse, and Mia Wasikowska as Hannah, the girl he worships from afar, ensures that this is a quality affair throughout. Director Richard Ayeoade hits the nail squarely on the head with his second feature, after the disappointingly insubstantial Submarine, and creates a claustrophobic and creepy mood, whilst getting the very best out of his primarily youthful cast.
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