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The Double Hour (2009)
"La doppia ora" (original title)

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A chambermaid and an ex-cop meet at a speed dating event and a romance develops. But during a romantic getaway things suddenly take a dark turn.

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Sonia (as Ksenia Rappoport)
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Antonia Truppo ...
Gaetano Bruno ...
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Michele Di Mauro ...
Lorenzo Gioielli ...
Hotel deputy director
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Redhead at speed date
Giampiero Judica ...
Man at speed date
Roberto Accornero ...
Man at speed date
Lucia Poli ...
Marisa
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Deborah Bernuzzi ...
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Barbara Braconi ...
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Federica Cassini ...
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Guido (Filippo 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 (Ksenia 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. THE DOUBLE HOUR, winner of Best Actress at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival, is directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. Written by Anonymous

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9 October 2009 (Italy)  »

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€2,800,000 (estimated)

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$30,246 (USA) (15 April 2011)

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$1,510,893 (USA) (19 August 2011)
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First-rate suspense
14 September 2013 | by (Brookline, MA) – See all my reviews

This taut, splendidly acted and directed thriller knows how to play its audience. You can't help but want Sonia, a chambermaid whose life exhibits some bad karma, to pick lost-soul Guido out of the crowd at speed dating. Finally, something positive seems to go their way. But if so, why am I jumping at the least provocation, and what is making me feel so uneasy? Of course, it's a good kind of uneasy.

It's first-rate suspense. Every little detail seems to count, coming back later in the form of an I- get-it-now moment.

I don't know who their competitors were, but Filippo Timi and Kseniya Rappoport earned their best acting awards at the Venice Film Festival, as did the director Giuseppe Capotondi. Did they miss the deadline for submission into other film competitions? Did they forget to sign the forms? I can't understand why it didn't enter and win more accolades. It could have been an Oscar contender for foreign language film, it is that good.


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