The Double (SIFF 2014)

Simon James lives an isolated existence in a bleak and depressing world, but he discovers light and joy when he meets Hannah. Just as he slowly forms a connection and starts to open up, James Simon appears and charms her away. Somehow, no one else seems to see that James is a double living Simon’s life better than he ever could and slowly inching him into nonexistence. This film is slowly paced and imparts an edgy feeling of discomfort at the ease with which an individual can be forgotten or replaced.

Provided Film Synopsis
After conveying the awkwardness, heartache, and wit of adolescence in 2010’s Submarine, writer-director Richard Ayoade tackles stranger and equally enticing material in The Double. Based on the novella of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ayoade’s film tells the story of lonely and timid office clerk Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), who spends his days working away at a government organization and pining after Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), a charming and attractive co-worker. Simon’s aimless, uneventful, and dissatisfying life changes when he meets James (also Eisenberg) - his exact physical double, but with an opposite personality. Confident, brash, and seductive, James begins to coach Simon on how to live a more exciting and fulfilling life, which includes wooing Hannah. Yet slowly, Simon realizes that James is a manipulative doppelgänger who begins to take over Simon’s life. Drawing comparisons to Terry Gilliam and Wes Anderson, Ayoade continues to refine his cinematic voice with this darkly comedic and incomparably stylish adaptation. Featuring an electric dual turn from Eisenberg, The Double is an intoxicating, irreverent, and biting piece of cinema.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Richard Ayoade
  • Cast Members:

    • Jesse Eisenberg
    • Mia Wasikowska
    • Noah Taylor
    • Wallace Shawn
    • Yasmin Paige
  • Countries:

    • UK
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Drama
    • Thriller