“Doppelgänger. The Double” is a film inspired by true stories of Polish People’s Republic special agents who stole other people’s identities, building false relationships and their careers as spies.
For me, the most important layer of the film, hidden underneath the crime story, is the psychological one considering identity. “Doppelgänger. The Double” is the story of losing it. I find the parallelism of the characters experiencing this almost simultaneously fascinating. This is a genre psychological thriller that takes us back to a fascinating time in the late 1970s and the beginning of the decade that followed. It plays out on both sides of the Iron Curtain at the same time. The main character settles in France, taking advantage of the comforts and freedoms that the prosperous West had to offer, and blends into the local community as part of an intelligence effort. In the background of the main plot, there is the “great story” of the turn of the decades – the events of August ’80, the dark years of martial law and finally the time of transformation. This is an extremely compelling period for me – Jan Holoubek, the director of the film.
The film is in Polish with English subtitles