The Double is British director Richard Ayoade’s film adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoyevsky tale of the same name. Dostoyevsky’s novella follows a Russian clerk that arrives at work one day to find his doppelgänger is now in the office. The psychological tale follows the protagonist as he deals with the fellow who looks like him, has the same name as him, comes from the same hometown as him, but is more confident and successful than him.
“Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite — confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.”
Ayoade’s film has Jesse Eisenberg taking on the dual roles of Simon and James. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival but still has no immediate release date in the U.S., which is a shame if the trailer is any indication of the its quality.
The lack of dialogue gives the already unsettling premise an even more unnerving appearance and the song, Sun House’s “Grinnin’ in Your Face,” takes the whole thing over the top for me. You can’t glean this from the trailer, but Ayoade has said that this is a dark comedy as well as a psychological brain f*ck of a movie. My favorite!