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The Two Faces of January
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scriptwriter Hossein Amini makes an admirable directing debut with this expertly produced and atmospheric 1960s-set thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's 1964 novel. Viggo Mortensen plays an American conman on the run, who arrives in Athens with his wife (Kirsten Dunst). When he accidentally kills the private detective on his case, he persuades their scam-artist tour guide (Oscar Isaac) to help move the body, and the trio enter a high-stakes game with the authorities and one another as they attempt to cover up the crime and flee the country. The Greek and Turkish locations are full of character, the period detail exemplary, the performances all high-calibre with the unfolding plot full of nuance and intrigue, as suspense builds towards a resonant conclusion. True, it shares plenty with
The Talented Mr Ripley
- sun, superb scenery and sexual tension - but it's also an enticing, intelligent and well-crafted minor gem in its own right.
A conman masquerades as a tour guide in Greece, and selects a wealthy American tourist and his younger wife as likely targets. However, when a murder is committed at the couple's hotel, all three are incriminated, and a dangerous alliance develops. Thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.
Cast & Crew
English, Greek, Turkish +subtitles
Swearing, some violence.
DVD and Blu-ray
16 May 2014
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