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The Two Faces of January (2014)

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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.

Director:

Hossein Amini

Writers:

Hossein Amini, Patricia Highsmith (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Rydal
Viggo Mortensen ... Chester
Kirsten Dunst ... Colette
Daisy Bevan ... Lauren
Babis Chatzidakis Babis Chatzidakis ... Stall Keeper
David Warshofsky ... Paul Vittorio
Pat Hillard Pat Hillard ... American Hotel Guest
Ozan Tas Ozan Tas ... Hotel Grand Receptionist
Peter Mair Peter Mair ... Elderly Man at Hotel Grand
Helena Jinx Jones Helena Jinx Jones ... Elderly Woman at Hotel Grand
Omiros Poulakis ... Nikos
George Tzoganidis George Tzoganidis ... Heralkion Hotel Receptionist
Ioannis Vordos Ioannis Vordos ... Cafe Owner
Panagiota Stavrakaki Panagiota Stavrakaki ... Landlady
Stella Fyrogeni Stella Fyrogeni ... Barmaid (as Stela Fyrogeni)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A mysterious encounter. A dangerous past. A deadly secret.

Genres:

Romance | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | Greek | Turkish

Release Date:

28 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Duas Faces de Janeiro See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$552,137 (United Kingdom), 18 May 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,116, 28 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$506,067, 19 December 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the beginning Rydal recounts the legend of Aegeus on the steps of the Acropolis and says that it was there that Aegeus jumped to his death after his son, Theseus returned from Crete and forgot to change the black sails to white to denote his success. This is untrue; you would not be able to see the Aegean from the Acropolis, anyway. According to the legend Aegeus was waiting for the ships to arrive at Cape Sounion and when he saw the black sails he plunged into the sea (which is called the Aegean Sea after him). It is unlikely that a tour guide would not know how to recount the legend properly. See more »

Quotes

Chester MacFarland: I'm sorry I disappointed you.
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Connections

Version of Die zwei Gesichter des Januar (1986) See more »

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The Two Faces of January (Score)
(uncredited)
Written by Alberto Iglesias
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Enjoyable period piece
24 May 2014 | by hou-3See all my reviews

I agree with an earlier reviewer that this film derives much of its effect from being set in 1962. The period feel is beautifully communicated and the plot needs to work itself out in a world where places like Athens, Crete and Istanbul were not just exotic but isolated, where holidaying Americans would still be surprised and interested to meet other Americans, and people on the run could hope to hide away. The chemistry between the three leads, who are all well played, does lack fizz and there is a clumsy and rather hackneyed third act. But the film is never less than engaging and all the better for not resorting to surprise twists. The music tries too hard to be exciting, almost as if the director thinks the visuals need some extraneous help to keep the audience interested. I think he is wrong - there is enough going on here, including some fine acting and cinematography, to appeal to audiences who like films with substance, a trajectory, and a sound sense of place and time.


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