ACMI & the Victorian Seniors Festival present
The Two Faces of January
A glamorous American couple holidaying in Athens meet a young Greek-speaking American – and draw him 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.