The Double, a black comedy film written and directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, is a film based on the novella “The Double” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The story is about a man who is driven nearly to breakdown after finding out his life has been usurped by a doppelgänger.

The film is very well shot and successfully generates a really deep noir athomsphere, which gradually become a kafkian nightmare, set in that obscure dystopia. It easily recall films like Orson Welles‘s “The Trial” and Terry Gilliam‘s “Brazil“. Jesse Eisenberg, more than Mia Wasikowska, did a very good acting performance. Richard Ayoade, as director, made a very good step forward from his first film “Submarine” (which unfortunately I haven’t been able to appreciated as this last one).

This is a film that definitively worth watching.

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Copyright notice: the film poster image used as “featured image” of this post has been shot inside HMV cinema, the original file can be found through this link. The picture of director Richard Ayoade is copyright of Giacomo Mantovani.

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