The Two Faces of January

Die zwei Gesichter des Januars
Athens, 1962. When American tour guide and harmless con artist Rydal first catches sight of Colette, she is strolling alongside a wealthy older businessman at the Acropolis. A short while later he meets her. Colette and her husband Chester MacFarland invite him for a meal during which the young man is entranced by the couple’s fine manners.
An accident at the hotel puts all three in danger. As they escape together across the Greek islands and villages, the couple come to depend on Rydal who speaks fluent Greek and knows people who can help them. Noticing Rydal’s attraction to his wife, Chester MacFarland would much rather be alone with Colette. Before long, MacFarland drops the mask of the fine gentleman and shows his true colours.
In this story the figure of Colette is both Greek goddess and femme fatale – just like one of Alfred Hitchcock’s muses. Indeed, director Hossein Amini, who wrote the screenplay for Drive, revisits Hitchcock’s style for this Patricia Highsmith adaptation. Accompanied by Alberto Iglesias’ brilliant score, the trio of Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst chase each other across the shimmering Greek landscape of the sixties.
by Hossein Amini
with Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, David Warshofsky, Daisy Bevan, Aleifer Prometheus
United Kingdom / USA / France 2013 96’

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