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Di­rected by Richard Ayoade. Star­ring Jesse Eisen­berg, Mia Wasikowska, Wal­lace Shawn, Noah Tay­lor, Cathy Moriarty, James Fox, Sally Hawkins, Chris O’Dowd

An of­fice wonk’s strange rou­tines are sud­denly dis­rupted by the ap­pear­ance of a dop­pel­ganger – a brash, pop­u­lar cad who takes lit­tle time to win over both the hero’s boss and the col­league he fan­cies. In keep­ing with the source Dos­toyevsky novella, no­body else seems to clock the re­sem­blance. A dark, sin­is­ter com­edy of steam­punk bu­reau­cracy and frac­tured psy­ches, Ayoade’s fol­low-up to Sub­ma­rine feels like a sus­pi­cious tap on the shoul­der for its 93-minute du­ra­tion. Cineworld/ IFI/Light House/ Screen, Dublin, 93 min

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