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
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A really good movie, which is made by its stars. While Viggo Mortensen (and Kirsten Dunst for that matter) are very well known, some might still not have been aware of Oscar Isaac to that point. A great actor who's playing the main role here and has a tough job to make a not really likable person, humane. He finds more than a few moments to make that work though.
Something that is very important for the rest of the movie. If you don't at least think there is more to him or have some sort of sympathy for his situation (he's not really hurting people), you will have a tough time enjoying the ride. And it takes you to places. It is predictable at times, but still more than enjoyable. Some might not like the ending, but I think it sums up everything that happened before ... and there couldn't be a better one (imho)
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