In Portuguese, the title is literally "The Duplicated Man. One day Tertuliano rents a movie recommended by a colleague and sees an actor who looks exactly like him. Tertuliano becomes obsessed with meeting the actor and spends weeks discovering the actor's name. Posing as a film student and using his girlfriend's address, he sends a letter to the production company asking to be put in contact with the actor. His relationship with his girlfriend, Maria da Paz, suffers because he refuses to disclose his motives to her.
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In Portuguese, the title is literally "The Duplicated Man. One day Tertuliano rents a movie recommended by a colleague and sees an actor who looks exactly like him. Tertuliano becomes obsessed with meeting the actor and spends weeks discovering the actor's name. Posing as a film student and using his girlfriend's address, he sends a letter to the production company asking to be put in contact with the actor.
His relationship with his girlfriend, Maria da Paz, suffers because he refuses to disclose his motives to her. Upon arrival, the men strip down and find that they are indeed physically identical. They have the same birth date.
Their voices are identical and they share the same scars and moles. He wants to know which of them is the "original" and which the copy. Tertuliano says that he was born at two in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Tertuliano and Maria get engaged to be married. He visits the production company office and retrieves the letter Tertuliano authored and sent in Maria's name.
He shows Tertuliano the letter with Maria's signature. Threatened, Tertuliano tells him to leave, saying he will call the police. In the morning, she makes him breakfast while he reads the paper without ever suspecting that he is not her husband. She deduces that he is not Tertuliano and demands she be allowed to leave. A colleague of Maria's answers the phone and tells him that Maria died earlier that morning in a car accident.
Tertuliano checks into a hotel and calls his mother to tell her he is alive. She meets him at the hotel and he tells her the entire story. The next day, he buys a newspaper to learn the details of the accident: a head-on collision with a truck. The truck driver, when questioned by police, said that the passengers in the car appeared to be quarreling before their automobile crossed the center lane and crashed into the truck.
She responds: "Forgive is just a word. Three days later, as Tertuliano is reading about Mesopotamian civilization, the phone rings. He answers and a man on the other end of the line exclaims, "At last!
The man says he has been trying to reach him for months and claims to be his double. Tertuliano agrees to meet him in a nearby park that night. Tertuliano changes his clothes, loads the pistol he keeps in the house, and puts it into his belt. He writes Helena a note, "I'll be back", and leaves for his rendezvous in the park.
The Guardian said Saramago did not push the concept of the double far enough, noting that every culture plays with this idea.
He wrote: . Old as our fears, the familiar figure of the double haunts the literatures of every country Since the immutable laws of nature insist that something cannot exist in two places at the same time, a man and his double cannot both remain alive: one of the two must vanish for the order of the universe to be respected.
It is no unfair disclosure to say that a death is the novel's conclusion. Jonathan Carroll of the Washington Post criticized the novel, saying that he displays: . As a result, we don't care what happens to Afonso or how he ends up. We hear the theme played out first when the professor Adam Bell teaches his college history students about totalitarianism and how dictators strive to remove our uniqueness.
Villeneuve hinted at this before the film's release in a interview for the Huffington Post, remarking "If you look at Enemy again, you can see that everything has an answer and a meaning. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with The Double Dostoyevsky novel.
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