For the shrinking Simon, nothing fits. He is frequently nervous and sweaty; his oversized suit always crumpled. The inexplicable increases in the rates for his mother’s nursing care are lifted unchallenged from his wallet. The opening scene reveals that he doesn’t even have authority over a seat on an empty train. His pitiful existence and tenuous sanity begins to further unravel with the existential crises brought on by the arrival of the firm’s newest employee, James Simon – his exact doppelganger. While no one else claims to recognize the resemblance, it is not the replications but the differences between the pair that most trouble Simon. The confident, assertive and immediately popular James doesn’t just possess some of the qualities desired by Simon, but a crassness and arrogance that are unbecoming but we sense lurk within his damaged psyche. Though the two briefly become friends, it is when James successfully makes a pass at Hannah when Simon goes further off the rails.
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