Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella of the same name, The Double is a startlingly strange cinematic delight, and an early contender for one of the best films of the year.
Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is living a narrow, pathetic life in an oppressively dark city. He’s a data processor for a large, uncaring company. Each day he fights with the security guard (who is yet to be convinced he really works there), inputs figures, and goes home to his tiny apartment. The highlight of his week is the odd trip to see his mother, or asking Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) to photocopy something for him.
Hopelessly awkward, it seems that Simon is incapable of getting the girl or any respect, until one day a new employee arrives at the office. His name is James Simon, and he’s Simon’s exact double, a fact that seems to…
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