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The majority of films we watch are disposable. Films that are enjoyable on first viewing, serve their purpose but offer little incentive for us to return and re-examine. Every now and again however a film comes along that challenges us, whether it be through a surprise twist or because of its heavy symbolism, making us question what it was we just saw in front of us.

In this article we are going to take a look back at 10 of the most mind bending films, films that require repeat viewings, perhaps even several repeat viewings just for us to get our heads around them.

This Article may contain Spoilers



Released in the UK earlier this year and now available on DVD and Blu Ray the second collobaration between Jake Gyllenhaal and Denis Villeneuve is a curious puzzle box of a movie which will have left many audience members scratching their heads.

The film, which focuses on a history lecturer Adam meeting his doppelganger, an ambitious actor deals with various challenging themes including masculinity in crisis, sexual politics and dictatorships to name a few.

The film, which at first appears to play out like a typical doppelganger thriller throws a huge spanner in the works in its final scene when Adam goes to talk to Anthony’s partner only to discover she has turned into a giant spider.

The film’s ending is open to interpretation and I could write a whole separate article on my own theories but this is exactly why the film needs a second viewing. Knowing the ending makes you more observant and slowly but surely the pieces begin to fall into place.

Two viewings may not even be enough for this film- the screen is littered with symbolism and metaphor and is so intricately done that chances are there are still a lot of details I’ve missed despite having now seen the film four times in an attempt to get my head around it.

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