The Two Faces of January

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With striking visuals, complex characters, and Hitchcockian plot twists, The Two Faces of January offers a pleasantly pungent treat for fans of romantic thrillers.



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Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple's hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio's allegiance is put to the test. (C) Magnolia

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Viggo Mortensen
as Chester MacFarland
Kirsten Dunst
as Colette MacFarland
David Warshofsky
as Paul Vittorio
Prometheus Aleifer
as Young Musician
S. Alafouzos
as Customs Hall Policeman
Ozan Tas
as Hotelier
Nikos Mavrakis
as Young Greek Man on Boat
Karayianni Margaux
as College Student
Evgenia Dimitropoulou
as Airline Agent
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Audience Reviews for The Two Faces of January

Elegantly filmed and well acted Patricia Highsmith adaptation with a great chemistry between the characters and pretty images of Greece. The big shocker happens already in the middle of the film, from there on out it's still interesting to see where all this is going, but never nail-biting intense. The result is overall still pretty satisfying thanks to the actors.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Average. I mainly watched for Kirsten Dunst. *****mild spoiler***** I wasn't too impressed when she exits the film one hour in. Chester and Rydel were not interesting enough to carry the movie on their own. It's certainly not badly made, but it felt like there should have been a twist or something at the end, and there just wasn't. I didn't even really get why Chester helped at the end. What was in it for him at that point?

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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An average thriller that leaves a dry taste in the mouth!

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Film Crazy

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Tense, moving and fascinating. With both Issac and Dunst giving very strong performances, Mortensen was the true highlight as the husband on the run with his wife. While the characters of Chester and Rydal showed competition over Colette, I was always routing the former despite his bad deeds. An impressive script and the well chosen actors/actress result in a decent directing debut for Amini. One of the best films I've seen so far this year.

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Samuel Riley

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