Photography Cinematography – Enemy

Cinematography – Enemy

Giordana Bonanno

How many times have we watched a movie and become so involved in the story that we find an affinity with one of the characters?

It certainly happened to Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal), the young university history professor married to the beautiful Helen (Sarah Gadon), who, while leading his usual boring and monotonous life, was distracted by the vision of “Will and Power”, a film that will change his existence. It is one of the protagonists of the film in which he sees himself again so much that he wants to meet him. After a few days of research he finally manages to identify him but from that moment on nothing will be the same.

This is Enemy, a film within the film directed by Denis Villeneuve based on the novel The Double by José Saramago. It is no coincidence that the main theme of the story is precisely the double identity, an existential journey into the life and psyche of an ordinary modern man, struggling with a state of confusion, between destructive instincts that seek change and full self-fulfillment and conservative impulses, reassuring and at times necessary to withstand the uncertainty of living.

Chaos is order yet undeciphered

To accentuate the state of restlessness, mystery and surrealism contributes the amber-colored photography that persists throughout the duration of the film, accentuating in some scenes and increasing these feelings in the viewer.

An enigmatic veil that can also be seen in the photographs of the artist Paolo Barretta, a young Italian photographer that we had the pleasure to interview here.

The impeccable composition with a central subject, the cleanliness of the shot and the meditative mood are the main elements that distinguish his style, intimate and elegant, and that remind us a lot some frames of Enemy.

Did you know: The cast signed a confidentiality agreement that doesn’t allow them to speak and/or explain to the press the meaning of spiders in the movie.

Genre: Thriller 
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Director of photography: Nicolas Bolduc
Writers: José Saramago 
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon

Written by Giordana Bonanno
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