Presented by: Kate and Carl Turkstra
Director: Richard Ayoade
Country: UK | 2013
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Runtime: 93 min
2013 London Film Festival Official Selection
2013 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection
Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s novella of the same name, The Double is a dark comedy written by Ayoade and Avi Korine (Mister Lonely), a funny and frightening story about an insignificant man driven to near breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger.
Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) 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. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also Jesse Eisenberg), upsets 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.