Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a glamorous American couple holidaying in Athens when they meet Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young Greek-speaking American, who is drawn into their seductive orbit.
Expertly blends touches of Hitchcock and Highsmith in [a] seductive, southern Europe-set suspenser.
Holidaying in Athens in 1962, the MacFarlands – Chester (Viggo Mortensen) and Colette (Kirsten Dunst) – exude conspicuous style and an air of old money. Keen to line his pockets with more than the tips he extracts from gullible young American tourists, Greek-American expat, Rydal (Oscar Isaac) contrives an introduction but very quickly gets in over his calculating head.
Hossein Amini – the screenwriter of literary adaptations including Jude (directed by Michael Winterbottom) and The Wings of a Dove (based on the Henry James novel) – makes an assured directorial debut, ably supported by his three excellent leads in Mortensen, Dunst and Isaac.
The Two Faces of January screens as an encore on Cinema 3 after screening in ACMI's Matinees program in 2015.
Film of the Week: The Two Faces of January
Jonathan Romney, Film Comment, September 2014
The Two Faces of January: Viggo Mortensen and Hossein Amini interview
Helen Barlow, SBS, June 2014
Violence and infrequent coarse language
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