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Jesse Eisenberg driven insane by his double

6. The Double

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Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn

Synopsis: A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite— confident, charismatic and seductive with women.

Ayoade is becoming a breath of fresh air within the independent scene. This movie and his previous effort Submarine are both intellectually odd and provocatively fascinating. Eisenberg is a sophisticated actor who leads the film with a sense of comfort within itʼs unconventional and esoteric surroundings. Ayoadeʼs techniques draw obvious comparisons to David Lynch and Terry Gilliam, but The Double has a flavour of the Coen Brotherʼs forgotten, and usually downtrodden, The Hudsucker Proxy.

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