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The Double Hour

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Product Description

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.

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • 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 (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064NLRG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mariela PS on June 6, 2011
Format: DVD
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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Splaine Jr. on June 6, 2011
Format: DVD
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edward L Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2012
Format: DVD
Here's the thing: would a movie like THE USUAL SUSPECTS work successfully as a mystery IF the audience knew who Keyser Soze was from the beginning as opposed to the ending? Would THE SIXTH SENSE have been as captivating if, half-way through, Bruce Willis confessed to the audience that he was a ghost? Or, for that matter, would Darth Vader's big reveal - "No, Luke, I am your father!" - have been as effective a surprise if the Sith Lord told you during THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK's opening crawl?

Of course, the answer is `no' to all of the above (unless you're a sadist), and therein lies a problem unique to this form of storytelling: when can a storyteller effectively reveal a film's big secret in order to achieve the greatest payoff for the audience? That said, THE DOUBLE HOUR gambles with its narrative structure - pulling the rug out from under the viewers when either they least expected it or were already peeking past the curtains on their own - and I found the results a bit mixed.

Sonia (played by Ksenia Rappoport) works as a chambermaid for an expensive hotel in Turin. At a speed-dating event, she meets Guido (Filippo Timi). The two strike up a romantic relationship, but, on a romantic weekend away from the city, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Sonia's memory fractured, but she's desperate to put back the pieces of her missing recollections in order to unravel what really happened the day her new lover died.

THE DOUBLE HOUR is one of those rare films that's difficult to review to any great length without spoiling some element of it. Suffice it to say, the film - like so many mysteries of this type - has a "big reveal," and how this revelation is handled genuinely `makes' or `breaks' any picture.
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