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The Double Hour (2009)

La doppia ora (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 9 October 2009 (Italy)
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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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Giuseppe Capotondi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kseniya Rappoport ... Sonia (as Ksenia Rappoport)
Filippo Timi ... Guido
Antonia Truppo Antonia Truppo ... Margherita
Gaetano Bruno ... Riccardo
Fausto Russo Alesi ... Bruno
Michele Di Mauro Michele Di Mauro ... Dante
Lorenzo Gioielli Lorenzo Gioielli ... Hotel deputy director
Lidia Vitale ... Redhead at speed date
Giampiero Judica ... Man at speed date
Roberto Accornero Roberto Accornero ... Man at speed date
Lucia Poli Lucia Poli ... Marisa
Giorgio Colangeli ... Priest / Father
Deborah Bernuzzi Deborah Bernuzzi ... Hostess
Barbara Braconi Barbara Braconi ... Receptionist
Federica Cassini Federica Cassini ... Infermiera
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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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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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Love Song for 15 Ontario
Written and Performed by Set Fire to Flames
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Too clever by half
11 September 2020 | by hof-4See all my reviews

The basic plot is sound; Sonia (a Slovenian immigrant) and Guido (an ex-policeman) meet and connect at a speed dating event, they start a relationship, then an unexpected happening changes everything, including what we know (or seem to know) about the characters and their motivations. Unfortunately, the script throws in a number of unnecessary red herrings and intentional misdirections. Some of them are just distractions, some are not even explained at the end, at least one is not explainable. Not a good thing in this kind of movie.

On the positive side, direction by Giuseppe Capotondi is fluid and dynamic, acting is excellent with special mention for Russian actress Kseniya Rappoport, who is on screen most of the time. One cannot avoid feeling that if the script had been edited and unnecessary complications pared down this could have been a first rate movie. As it is, one remains unconvinced and feels manipulated at the end.

Argentine nostalgics will enjoy a photographic view of Puerto Madero, one of the touristy spots in Buenos Aires.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hora Dupla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,246, 17 April 2011

Gross USA:

$1,514,942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,848,165
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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