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The Double Hour (2011)

Filippo Timi , Ksenia Rappoport , Giuseppe Capotondi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Filippo Timi, Ksenia Rappoport
  • Directors: Giuseppe Capotondi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064NLRG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Guido (Filippo Timi, The American), a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. But, much to his surprise, he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport), a chambermaid at a high-end hotel. The two hit it off, and a passionate romance develops. After they leave the city for a romantic getaway in the country, things suddenly take a dark turn in this acclaimed, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

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  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • In Italian with English Subtitles


The best movie of its kind since Tell No One... Hitchcockian... you don t want it to end. --The New York Times

A wild and way-twisty thriller that is full of surprises. --Los Angeles Times

4 Stars! A twisty Italian thriller keeps us guessing…deliciously, maliciously deft. --New York Daily News

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fans of Alfred Hitchcock and followers of the more recent "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" series, would likely be pleased with this nail-biting psychological thriller from Italy, which delivers many unexpected twists during its 96 minutes of running time.

If suspense isn't your cup of tea but you enjoy art films with non-linear and unpredictable plots, you'll probably end up drinking the whole pot of this satisfying brainteaser from newcomer director Giuseppe Capotondi.

"The Double Hour" is actually a love story between a lonely immigrant, Sonia (a chambermaid at a high-end hotel in Turin) and the also lonesome Guido, an ex-cop working as a security guard at an art dealer's estate. The two meet at a speed-dating event and just as they are beginning to fall in love, a crime happens, and their relationship is cut short.

But before that, during their first date, Guido looks at his watch, which marks 23:23, and he tells Sonia that it's a double hour and that she should make a wish. This detail early on, serves as a metaphor for the double life of the characters and the double storyline of the film you are about to embark on. And it's details such as this one that you need to pay attention to, because every one of them is important to decipher this riveting puzzler that won't let you get too comfortable in your seat.

Acted to perfection by Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi "The Double Hour" is making its way quietly now through art-house theaters in the United States. Don't miss it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Giuseppe Capotondi's Italian puzzler "The Double Hour" is a multi-layered story that resists easy definition. Like many, I was lured into the film by the usual devices. The DVD packaging promises a thriller with the overused (and seldom accurate) adjective Hitchcockian being employed. But the movie is considerably more complex than its advertising tagline "A Romance. A Robbery. A Mystery." would have you believe. I'm not saying this to be critical, but to help realign viewer expectations. Anyone approaching "The Double Hour" anticipating non-stop thrills and suspense will not have these expectations met. Rather this is a serious-minded drama that unravels a puzzle which leaves the audience (and the characters) questioning the nature of reality itself. As an intellectual exercise, I really liked this experience and for viewers that don't need everything spelled out--this is an investment well worth taking.

Made in 2009, "The Double Hour" is just now getting a North American DVD distribution deal despite its initial critical success. At the Venice International Film Festival of that year, it swept the major categories winning Best Italian Film, Best Actor (Filippo Timi), and Best Actress (Ksenia Rappoport). It is a film that really makes the most of its enigmatic art-house vibe. But it is also a film that should be left to unravel at its own pace without spoilers. Any of the reviews that reveal too much of the plot are simply doing the movie a disservice. At its primary level, the movie focuses on the relationship between Timi (a former cop and security guard) and Rappoport (a hotel maid and Slovenian immigrant).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Film Noir. June 6, 2011
A young couple meets at a speed dating event and become an item. Their relationship is interrupted by a theft at a home where he works as a security guard. Any further discussion of the film would be a spoiler, so I'll just say that this move will fool you. The viewer doesn't know the reality until the conclusion, and it is a very well done "film noir". The performances are strong, and overall this is really good work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wandering Through a Fascinating Imbroglio of a Plot January 1, 2012
THE DOUBLE HOUR (LA DOPPIA ORA) is a maze of a film, one of those films that seem to have a straightforward storyline until suddenly what has been happening in front of our eyes is not at all the real story. The script by Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo is smart, clever in a Hitchcockian way,and succeeds in keeping us on the periphery of a fascinating tale. This is Giuseppe Capotondi's first film as a director and it gives notice of a new talent on the horizon.

The setting is Turin. Sonia (gifted and stunningly beautiful Russian actress Kseniya Rappoport) works as a chambermaid in an elegant hotel and in the opening scene she witnesses the suicide of the woman whose room she is cleaning. Apparently distraught by the incident she seeks refuge in a speed dating club run by the mysterious Marisa (Lucia Poli) who watches carefully as Sonia encounters the club's most frequent attendee, former cop Guido (Filippo Timi). Both Sonia and Guido are cautious about involvement but eventually they leave Turin for a country weekend getaway. Guido is serving as a security guard for a wealthy Italian, but the house is empty and Guido turns off the security system. While the two are having an amorous tryst the house is invaded by thieves who steal everything and shoot Guido, grazing Sonia with a bullet. Events occur that are not as they seem and Sonia's strange past is relived before our eyes - or is what we are seeing the effects of Sonia being in a coma after the shooting? To say more would be to deprive the viewer of the very strange twists and turns this story takes until the final few minutes of the film when the audience realizes they have been part of the charade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twisty Italian thriller will keep you taut with anxiety
This twisty Italian thriller will keep you taut with anxiety. It features a doozy of a twist about 2/3rds of the way through that will make you reconsider everything you thought... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andy Orrock
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery with Resonance
Sad. I enjoyed the movie from beginning to end. Is it riveting? No, so if you are expecting that type of movie, don't rent it. As a BBC type of mystery, it is excellent viewing.
Published 9 months ago by Paul Medus
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting but ...
Don't want to give anything away but the ending wasn't satisfactory. I'll give it major points for keeping me on the edge of my seat though.
Published 14 months ago by L. Jerome
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I really enjoyed this movie. Its characters were realistic and flawed, just like real life. I loved the story and the way it developed. The ending was good. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lynn McBee
5.0 out of 5 stars best italian film i've seen in a decade or more
this film swept the Venice film festival, won major awards, and is largely a buried treasure in the USA. i watched it on netflix streaming. Read more
Published 20 months ago by carol irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This movie I watch with some frequency because there are sooooo many interesting twists. It's definitely one of the better foreign "thrillers" I own.
Published 23 months ago by ElizParkCoop
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Interest
This was a very engaging film and well worth watching. It has elements of suspense and mystery which I enjoy.
Published 24 months ago by Smiey-Serious
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm A True Fan of Ksenia Rappoport
Now I know why many reviewers can't find enough words to praise a favorite author or actor. After seeing her star in a movie for a second time, "The Unknown Woman," Ksenia... Read more
Published on October 17, 2012 by W. Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Smart
I watch movies for the same reason I read books because I like stories. And what I like most when watching/reading a story is to be surprised. Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Usual Rubber Reality
For my dollar, the "rubber reality" school of film making is one of the most significant genres happening today. Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Eric Sanberg
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