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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.
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- In Italian with English Subtitles
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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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!
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I recommend it. Great acting. Entertaining without descriptive violence and sexuality.Published 11 months ago by Books McGulligan
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Andy Orrock
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 on December 27, 2013 by Paul Medus
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 on July 30, 2013 by L. Jerome
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 morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Lynn McBee
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 morePublished on February 9, 2013 by carol irvin
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 on December 1, 2012 by ElizParkCoop
This was a very engaging film and well worth watching. It has elements of suspense and mystery which I enjoy.Published on October 25, 2012 by Smiey-Serious
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 morePublished on October 17, 2012 by W. Powell