The Two Faces of January 2014

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A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Starring:
Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Two Faces of January

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac
Director Hossein Amini
Genres Thriller
Studio STUDIOCANAL
Rental release 15 September 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac
Director Hossein Amini
Genres Thriller
Studio STUDIOCANAL
Rental release 15 September 2014
Main languages English

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 2 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robinski on 7 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary on 17 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Very good movie, classic and elegant in the purest style Hitchcock.
Keeps you live all the footage, you do not know what will be in them (unless you've read the book on which it is based)
It has elements of the talent of Mr.Ripley and of the great work that is strangers on a train.
All the cast is fine, but who is great no doubt is Viggo Mortensen, he's who has almost the entire weight of the film.
The costumes and the soundtrack of Alberto iglesias are also great.
And also brings us traveling in Greece, Crete and Turkey.
Highly recommended!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
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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