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The Two Faces of January (2014)

PG-13 | | Romance, Thriller | 28 August 2014 (USA)
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A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Babis Chatzidakis ...
Stall Keeper
Paul Vittorio
Pat Hillard ...
American Hotel Guest
Ozan Tas ...
Hotel Grand Receptionist
Peter Mair ...
Elderly Man at Hotel Grand
Helena Jinx Jones ...
Elderly Woman at Hotel Grand
Omiros Poulakis ...
George Tzoganidis ...
Heralkion Hotel Receptionist
Ioannis Vordos ...
Cafe Owner
Panagiota Stavrakaki ...
Stella Fyrogeni ...
Barmaid (as Stela Fyrogeni)


1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinth Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester's jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and ... Written by Production

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Romance | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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28 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Duas Faces de Janeiro  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$43,116 (USA) (26 September 2014)


$506,067 (USA) (19 December 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of transitions, beginnings, gates, doors, doorways, passages and endings, and as such is usually portrayed with two faces, one looking to the future and the other to the past. See more »


Before entering the ruins, it is supposedly dark, and rainy. The shadows on the ground however tell another story. The sharp shadows suggests the scene is in broad daylight, and is just darkened to suggest the sudden thunderstorm. See more »


Chester MacFarland: I'm sorry I disappointed you.
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Bare-faced Greatness
7 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A compelling throwback to the suspenseful thrillers of 60 years ago, Two Faces of January is as stylish a film as you will see from any decade since talkies began. Reminiscent of Hitchcock in his 1950's pomp, but without the melodrama, writer director Hossein Amini's interpretation of Patricia Highsmith's novel is beautiful to look at. The European locations evoke an idealised period of foreign travel, yet the film has an underbelly that scrapes the surface of gritty realism in the way that Hitchcock did not. The result is an involving slow burn with flashes of action only when warranted. The heart of the film is the evolving relationship between its three stars, who quickly become tied together. No McGuffins here, only solid plotting and convincing events used effectively to advance the story. The central performances are compelling and highly accomplished. Oscar Isaac must now be on the verge of the A-list after following Llewyn Davis with his excellent turn here, and Kirsten Dunst steps out of the shadow of teen movies and blockbuster love interest with a beguiling performance in the role of Colette. But Mortensen is the emotional engine whose misfiring character, MacFarland, pushes the plot forward with stuttering steps. His performance should be considered a career best as he embraces all of MacFarland's flaws and lays them bare for the audience to great emotional effect. After such an assured and beautifully realised performance behind the camera, there can be little doubt that Hossein Amini's future is likely to be in the director's chair, and his next project should be awaited with keen anticipation.

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