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The Two Faces Of January [DVD]

Viggo Mortensen , Kirsten Dunst , Hossein Amini    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Yigit ÷zsener, Daisy Bevan
  • Directors: Hossein Amini
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Tom Sternberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Sep 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac star in this thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel by Hossein Amini, who makes his directorial debut. In 1962 wealthy married couple Chester and Colette MacFarland (Mortensen and Dunst) are in the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, when they meet shady tour guide Rydal (Isaac). Rydal is immediately taken with the beautiful Colette and doesn't hestitate when the couple invite him to dine with them. Later in the evening, however, he begins to realise that Chester is hiding a dark secret and soon finds himself embroiled in murder. Rydal helps the MacFarlands evade the authorities but his feelings for Colette cause tension between him and Chester, making the already precarious situation even more dangerous.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances 2 Jun 2014
By Steve
Saw this at the flix at the weekend so thought I'd pop a review on here for the benefit of any considering the DVD when it's released. I'd rent it if you have the option as (imo) it won't stand a second viewing, not in a negative sense, just that once you know what's happened you probably won't need to see it again.

This is a good story, & starts with a wealthy, happy, couple on holiday in Greece, that hire a travel guide to show them round a bit, before they find themselves embroiled in a very unsavoury situation. It's well acted, as you'd expect from the cast, & filmed along the lines of a Hitchcock-esque style movie that gives a good sense & feel of the 1960's when it's set. I haven't read the book so can't make a comparison unfortunately, but the film works well.

It's very tense,& gets darker, certainly for the last hour, & the ending was very satisfactory I felt.

Great cinematography, making good use of the beautiful med-setting & the characters unravel throughout the course of the movie, with some surprises in store.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bare-faced Greatness 7 Jun 2014
A compelling throwback to the suspenseful thrillers of 60 years ago, Two Faces of January is as stylish a film as you will see from any decade since talkies began. Reminiscent of Hitchcock in his 1950's pomp, but without the melodrama, writer director Hossein Amini's interpretation of Patricia Highsmith's novel is beautiful to look at. The European locations evoke an idealised period of foreign travel, yet the film has an underbelly that scrapes the surface of gritty realism in the way that Hitchcock did not. The result is an involving slow burn with flashes of action only when warranted. The heart of the film is the evolving relationship between its three stars, who quickly become tied together. No McGuffins here, only solid plotting and convincing events used effectively to advance the story. The central performances are compelling and highly accomplished. Oscar Isaac must now be on the verge of the A-list after following Llewyn Davis with his excellent turn here, and Kirsten Dunst steps out of the shadow of teen movies and blockbuster love interest with a beguiling performance in the role of Colette. But Mortensen is the emotional engine whose misfiring character, MacFarland, pushes the plot forward with stuttering steps. His performance should be considered a career best as he embraces all of MacFarland's flaws and lays them bare for the audience to great emotional effect. After such an assured and beautifully realised performance behind the camera, there can be little doubt that Hossein Amini's future is likely to be in the director's chair, and his next project should be awaited with keen anticipation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I LOOKED UP TO MY FATHER AS IF HE WAS A GOD 31 Aug 2014
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
The film is based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Rydal (Oscar Isaac) is an American living abroad working as a tour guide fleecing American tourists. He has father issues. He meets Chester (Viggo Mortensen) MacFarland who reminds him of his father and his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) who he desires in an Oedipus kind of way.

Chester gets into trouble and must go on the run. Rydal comes along with and gets tangled in his life.

Janus was a two faced god who looked both forward and backward. The title refers to Rydal, who is a younger form of Chester, two people who are alike but different in age. The story takes on aspects of a Greek Tragedy. The action is slow. The film is more drama than thriller. It is about relationships, that could have been better developed. (I imagine the book did that.)

This is not a film for everyone. It is well acted, but the plot moves slow.

Parental Guide: No F-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Faces Of January 28 Sep 2014
"The Two Faces Of January" is an old fashioned kind of movie. Its reminiscent of an old HItchcock style story with a relatively small scale plot following a businessman and his wife, and the stranger they meet while on holiday in Athens in the 1960's. Initial impressions are soon proved to be false and as they find themselves drawn into a series of events that spiral out of control you get to see the true nature of each of the characters.

This is a very character driven piece with Vigo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac all giving a very good believable performance. But there are few other speaking roles in the movie making the focus very narrow even for a 90 minute film. In the end just not enough happens to really make this very gripping. Despite some good acting the script has few lines that really stand out and there are no scenes that are really very memorable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By marbles
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not what I expected as a film but I really enjoyed it! The delivery was spot on and I managed to resell it within hours of advertising it!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster of repressed desire and avarice 4 Jun 2014
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Hanging in the shadow of The Talented Mr Ripley and Plein Soleil is this new film set in 1960s Greece by 1st time writer-director Hossein Amini,whose previous scripts have graced The Wings of the Dove and Drive.It was the later film's success which gave Amini the turnaround in his fortunes,which got Two Faces made.We are in the noir-thriller territory of Patricia Highsmith,adept at creating amoral characters adrift in the Mediterranean,a psychological study of Americans abroad caught in sexual and financial paranoia.This was written after the Ripley books,sharing some of their themes.

American tourists Chester(Mortensen) and Colette(Kirsten Dunst) MacFarland are visiting the Parthenon,where they meet fellow American Rydal Keener(Oscar Isaac), who is acting as a tour guide,scamming tourists like wealthy Lauren(Bevan) around Athens. The film is a homoerotic study in the relationship of Rydal and Chester,as Chester reminds Rydal of his father,with whom,recently deceased,he had a hateful relationship.But Rydal is drawn to the couple's wealth and sophistication,and Colette's beauty(she reminds him of a childhood sweetheart).When Rydal returns Colette's bracelet after dining with them,he is drawn helplessly into helping Chester move a body-a P.I. who has pursued Chester to Athens to recover money for clients who invested with him-he later finds is dead.Chester is running his own bigger scam,which his wife colludes with as they go on the run.

Everyone is compromised and on the make.Rydal helps the couple flee to Crete to secure fake passports.There are periods of waiting,where Chester's violent paranoia throws Colette and Rydal together,as he gets more abusive, drunk or tired out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Don't waste your time
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was really looking forward to it but unfortunately it didnt hit the...
if you don't have anything else to watch
great actors, great location, great start, cant see what they missed but they definitely missed it!!
Published 4 days ago by nickname1970
3.0 out of 5 stars Sedate Thriller
I don't understand the title of the film.

Viggo Mortensen; Kirsten Dunst & Oscar Isaac star in this 'thriller' based on the well known book by Patricia Highsmith. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Hendrawati Marbun
2.0 out of 5 stars Defective DVD
The DVD jams, has long cut scenes of actors in drawn outline (story board?), and has a sign appear at the top with a camera and “1/2”. Also, the sound gets out of sync. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good film, well acted just not my cup of tea really.
Published 8 days ago by S. T. Pearson
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts off ok. Very disappointing otherwise.
That's it.
Published 8 days ago by A User
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
Finally finished watching it after falling asleep at the first attempt. The most thrilling part of this film for me were the brief glimpses of Crete/Greece. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Rochelle Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed. Loved the scenery and to see people dressed ...
Watched this last night. Somewhat disappointed. Loved the scenery and to see people dressed well, for a change. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jl Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film
Published 13 days ago by robert hill
3.0 out of 5 stars A greek tragedy
Film based on a best selling novel (which you'll find on amazon). The author also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kish
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