What’s New With Jake Gyllenhaal’s ENEMY

Aren’t Torontonians the luckiest folks? They had Jake shooting ENEMY in Toronto in May 2012, again they had the chance to see him (and the film!) at TIFF in September 2013, and in a few weeks they’ll have the fortune to see him (and the film!) during Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival in January, when Enemy will be screened and followed by an onstage discussion with Jake alongside Denis Villeneuve. Definitely lucky people. Not that I’m jealous or anything. 

A good occasion to recap what frustratingly little information we have about this ” [...] very sinister, disturbing, probably one of the weirdest looks at Toronto but totally recognizable in a lot of ways” film.

We’ve got the poster

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We’ve got two clips

We’ve got an official Twitter account

And an official Facebook page

We’ve got a Decalogue para que tu experiencia con ENEMY sea completa (read carefully)

(google can help if you don’t speak Spanish)

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We’ve got (a selection of) reviews

Enemy is pure menace and manipulation, a look at the objectification of women, an examination of the male ego and the want for control, all accompanied by a steady, rumbling score from Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans and the dark and dreary cinematography of Nicolas Bolduc, painting a grey and amber aura over the city of Toronto and the life of this troubled man.

Enemy is a film you won’t want to watch on your own. You’ll want to absorb as much as you can and take what you’ve learned and order the chaos with others. [source]

Handling the highly complicated dual roles with aplomb, Gyllenhaal’s on fire throughout Enemy—the controlled ways in which he separates the men by their individual eccentricities are quite extraordinary. [source]

Thick with weighty themes, disquieting portent and anxious tension, Villeneuve—the Foreign Language Academy-Award nominated director of “Incendies”—crafts a gripping slow burn portrait of the male id/ego, our self-destructive tendencies and how they control us. Deeply in sync with his director’s tenebrous dream, Gyllenhaal obviously carries the entire film on his shoulders, and he delivers with a smoldering internalized performance of torment that is easily his finest work. The conflicted men are distinct, but it’s the nuanced, strange similarities between them and their own personal agonies that make for a remarkably committed turn by the young actor. [source]

Final Verdict: With a narrative that is weird yet wonderful, it may certainly divide audiences, however Enemy is a film that should be celebrated for stepping outside of the conventional and commanding its own kind of attention. Jake Gyllenhaal is so great here, defining with body language, diction, and attitude two distinctly different people and never blurring the line between then. What could easily have been an exercise in overacting, is an acting triumph for an actor not really known to take on such eccentric material. Gyllenhaal is set up to carry this film, and he does it so well and with such ease. [source]

Lending his captivating screen presence to every scene, a bearded, intense Gyllenhaal capably plays the two very different men at the centre of the story—the stuttering, shuffling history professor and the motorcycle-riding masculine actor. And the film playfully switches back and forth between the two, where at certain points, it’s unclear which is which. Indeed, it’s rare to find a movie these days that so boldly withholds from its audience and defies their expectations. While some may be frustrated by this obfuscation, others will find it inspired. [source]

And the mindfuck:

REVIEW: There are so many things that are interesting aboutENEMY, not the least of which is the fact that it’s director Denis Villeneuvesecond film to play TIFF this year, with PRISONERS being the other. To watchENEMY, you’d never know that the same guy directed both movies. PRISONERS is a sweeping, epic thriller, with heavy doses of terror and heartbreaking drama.ENEMYon the other hand is a ninety-minute mindf**k that evokes a weird hybrid of the two David’s; Cronenberg and Lynch. [source]

We’ve got a few on set photos, as well as screen shots

What we DON’T have, is the patience to wait for this movie to be released.

A few release dates:

ITALY 13 December 2013 (Courmayeur Noir in Festival)

UK 7 February 2014

SPAIN 28 February 2014

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And because you know how much Brokeback Mountain means to me, a reminder that today in 2005, this wonderful movie premiered in NYC (thank you, Diana)

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2 thoughts on “What’s New With Jake Gyllenhaal’s ENEMY

  1. Thanks so much, GC, for all the great news! I will probably have to catch Jake’s appearance on Ellen online after it airs, but that’s okay. I can watch it at my leisure over and over, just how I like.

    You know, I visited Toronto once many years ago. I never dreamed then that I would be sad not to be visiting Toronto now. Lucky Torontonians indeed.

    I’ve been trying to remember exactly when I saw Brokeback Mountain in the theater. I think it was in January of 2006, after the avalanche of attention the movie generated. I do remember exactly which theater and who I was with – three die-hard Heath Ledger fans. The four of us were dehydrated after the movie we cried so much! You know how much I love rewatching Jake’s movies? Well, it was five years before I could bring myself to watch Brokeback a second time – and I cried just as much. I’ve seen it a few more times since and I can actually get through it now with just a single box of tissue…

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with me, Susan. It means a lot.

      When I first saw Brokeback I was devastated. It was 7 years ago but some of the wounds it opened are still bleeding. I’ve watched it several times in a row, I couldn’t make myself stop. Suddenly, a few months after the first, excruciating viewing, I found out that I couldn’t do it anymore, I couldn’t get past the first two guitar chords, they were too much to bear. And I haven’t seen it since. It was the Summer of 2006.

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