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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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Gaetano Bruno ...
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Lorenzo Gioielli ...
Hotel deputy director
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Redhead at speed date
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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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Budget:

€2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,510,893 (USA) (19 August 2011)
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La vida es un carnaval
Written by Victor Daniel Roberto
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Double Hour / Double Time
15 June 2011 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Suspenseful thrillers, when well done, are just about as much fun as one can have at a theatre (unless you are Pee Wee Herman). The debut film from director Giusseppe Capotondi is very well acted, and pretty well written and filmed. It has some similarities to, but is not quite at the level of one of my Top 5 movies from 2008 - Tell No One.

Filmed in Italy (with English subtitles), the film does a terrific job of sucking us right in. Guido (Filippo Timi) and Sonia (Ksenrya Rappoport) meet at a speed dating event. He is a former cop now security guard, and she is a Slovenian immigrant working as a housekeeper at a swanky Italian hotel. Love blossoms for these two until the story takes a very dark turn. That's when all the twists and turns and misdirection begin.

Really not possible to talk too much about what happens, other than to say the characters and events aren't always what they seem. I really enjoyed the first two acts of the movie, but felt letdown a bit by the final act. Some of the visuals are very good, but the wrap up is just a bit disappointing. Still, the first 80 minutes or so are terrific and make the film worth watching.


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