The way trailers for Richard Ayoade’s The Double are popping up, one after the other, you’d they were preparing for the film’s imminent release – hey, it comes out March 7th.
We’ve been covering The Double extensively, but if you don’t know, here’s what the movie’s about:
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. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.
If the trailer, the plot summary, and our somewhat eloquent words on The Double haven’t yet piqued your interest, here are a few choice quotes from some people who saw it.
“In his second film, Ayoade’s risks (and a wonderfully game cast) suggest a gratifyingly unique sensibility, as playful as it is unsettling.”
-Michelle Orange, sbs.com.au
“Without being masturbatory or drowning in emulation of “Brazil”, [Ayoade] manages to craft a harmonious confluence of hypnotizing panache and wry wit.”
-Sam Fragoso, rogerebert.com
“Arch, weird and very, very funny, it’s like watching an entire Bulgarian film festival in a single sitting.”
-Norm Wilner, nowtoronto.com