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The Two Faces of January

United Kingdom | 2014 | 96 minutes | Hossein Amini

Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac star in this sun-soaked period noir set on the coast of Greece. When two con-artists find themselves in serious trouble, their reliance on a local tour guide turns into a twisted, sensual game of interdependence.

May 23, 2014
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It’s 1962 in Athens, and Chester and Collette MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) are not your usual American tourists. This eye-catching and charismatic couple has cryptic motives. Unexpectedly, they cross paths with an American expat named Rydal (Oscar Isaac). A Greek-speaking and scamming tour guide, Rydal is transfixed by the wealthy Chester, and especially, by the sensual Collette. But after the couple becomes entangled in criminal and violent intrigue, Rydal agrees to help them out—but discovers that the two hide dark and dangerous secrets. As Rydal’s attraction to Collette—and Chester’s jealousy—increase, so does the tension and drama of the trio’s treacherous situation. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s intense page-turner, The Two Faces of January is a psychological mystery-thriller with nail-biting turns and plenty of heat. Lush European settings and lively visuals lend the adaptation a pure cinematic flavor and an exotic sensuality, while Mortensen, Dunst, and Isaac create a palpable chemistry that keeps their onscreen trifecta alive with energy, urgency, and enigma. The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive), The Two Faces of January is a sun-stained, exciting, and seductive thriller with three dynamic actors working at the peak of their powers.

Director Biography

Hossein Amini is an Iranian-born screenwriter. Nominated for an Academy Award® in 1998 for his work on Wings of a Dove, his other credits include The Four Feathers (2002) and Drive (2011). The Two Faces of January is Amini's directorial debut.

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Director: Hossein Amini
Principal Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Bevan, Yigit Özsener
Country: United Kingdom, USA, France
Year: 2014
Running Time: 96 minutes
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Tom Sternberg
Screenplay: Hossein Amini, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith
Cinematographers: Marcel Zyskind
Editors: Nicolas Chaudeurge, Jon Harris
Music: Alberto Iglesias
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
International Sales: Studio Canal
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