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The Double

thedoubleDirector Richard Ayoade’s follow-up to his debut, Submarine (2011), is equally grim and bleak in tone, as we follow a worker (Jesse Eisenberg) who’s living in a very drab society; everyone around him either puts him down or don’t even recognize his presence. That changes when a new guy is hired at the office who looks exactly like Eisenberg, but is his opposite in every other way. Cineastes have found similarities to Brazil (1985) and Aki Kaurism√§ki films here, but the drabness is like a wet blanket and there are no characters that make you want to invest emotionally.

2014-Britain. 93 min. Color. Directed by Richard Ayoade. Short Story: Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg (Simon James/James Simon), Mia Wasikowska (Hannah), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Papadopoulos), Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige, Cathy Moriarty… James Fox, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine.

Trivia: Co-executive produced by Michael Caine. Dostoyevsky’s story was previously filmed as Partner. (1968).

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