The Double Hour

2011

The Double Hour

Critics Consensus

Rich in atmosphere and cunningly told, The Double Hour is a pleasurable puzzle that will keep audiences guessing throughout.

82%

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68%

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User Ratings: 2,219
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Guido (Timi), a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. But, much to his surprise, he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia (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. As Sonia's murky past resurfaces, her reality starts to crumble. Everything in her life begins to change-questions arise and answers only arrive through a continuous twist and turn of events keeping viewers on edge until the film's final moments. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn

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Cast

Antonia Truppo
as Margherita
Gaetano Bruno
as Riccardo
Lorenzo Gioielli
as Hotel deputy director
Lidia Vitale
as Redhead at speed date
Roberto Accornero
as Man at speed date #2
Lucia Poli
as Marisa
Barbara Braconi
as Receptionist
Federica Cassini
as Infermiera
Valentina Gaia
as Jewelry shop-girl
Diego Gueci
as Man at Speed Date
Chiara Nicola
as Suicide girl
Chiara Paoluzzi
as Chambermaid
Simone Repetto
as Man at speed date #4
Fabrizio Rizzolo
as Hotel Customer
Stefano Saccotelli
as Man at speed date #5
Stefano Sardo
as Robber #1
Paola Maria Serra
as Neurologist
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Critic Reviews for The Double Hour

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (12)

  • It keeps you off-balance, constantly assessing and reassessing.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • "The Double Hour" is a tremendously entertaining take on film noir, with all the usual elements of the genre in play - crime, death, possibly murder and doomed romance. I think.

    Jun 2, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A remarkably fluid detective story.

    Jun 2, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • A twisty Italian thriller that takes some liberties with its now-you-see-'em/now-you-don't plot points, but no matter; the way director Giuseppe Capotondi keeps us guessing is deliciously, maliciously deft.

    Jun 2, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A sly, triple twist of a film, this Italian intrigue is almost never what it seems, although everything ends up making perfect sense eventually. Along the way, though, it's slippery stuff.

    May 27, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • The neatest thing about Giuseppe Capotondi's debut feature is how it reverses the mechanics of most crime movies.

    May 27, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Double Hour

  • Jan 02, 2013
    An intriguing foreign thriller, The Double Hour is a great mystery filled with numerous twists and turns, and although the ending is a little unsatisfying, everything that builds up to it is very suspenseful and will likely keeping guessing up until said ending.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2012
    This Italian thriller directed by Guiseppe Capotondi is, for sure, something which will surprise you after pressing play button. An unpredictable hour and a half of a continuous story reshuffling like a narrative deck of cards dealing always a new hand which will widen your eyes even more than the previous one... I don't think that anyone would remember the ending just a day after watching it, but the twists and turns in this exceptionally acted movie will make the journey to be remembered, not the destination... for a long time! At times you could feel frustrated that there are so many times a film proves you were wrong, and some viewers could treat it as fundamentally untrustworthy, but I enjoyed it. Kseniya Rappoport as Sonia was particularly striking in this story which started out as an interesting drama with a little bit of romance but soon turned into a mystery psychological thriller! If you developed a taste for ingenious movies and you like an unpredictable plot, unexpected twists, great characters, unique location, great performances - try this one!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2012
    I probably would've liked this movie a lot better if the majority of the plot wasn't exactly like an episode of Futurama, one of the better episodes of the series in fact. Of course the events are different, but the idea behind it is EXACTLY like that episode. The movie is still good however with some good and tense moments. I think the movie, to me, sort of falls apart after the "twist" because it just felt cheap, even if it does make sense with the context of this story, it just felt like a cheap way to pay off what had been going on up until that point. The acting is strong, Kseniya Rappoport is good in her role and the rest of the cast is as well, though nothing outstanding. So overall a good, if disappointing, movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2012
    I kind of want to recut this into a good movie.
    Tom S Super Reviewer

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