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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.

Director:

Hossein Amini

Writers:

Hossein Amini, Patricia Highsmith (based on the novel by)
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Cast

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

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

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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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All three principal actors have appeared in big movie franchises. Mortensen in Lord of the Rings, Issac in Star Wars, and Dunst in Spider-Man. See more »

Goofs

Chester sits on a plane in 1962 (as evidenced by the date on a gravestone). However, the De Haviland Comet with square windows as seen in the film was discontinued years before. The improved Comet 2 and the prototype Comet 3 culminated in the redesigned Comet 4 series which debuted in 1958. See more »

Quotes

Chester MacFarland: I'm sorry I disappointed you.
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Featured in Projector: The Two Faces of January (2014) See more »

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"Lost Dreams'
Written and performed by Miltiadis Papastamou (as Miltiades Papastamou) and Vasilis Kordatos
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A missed opportunity.
29 June 2014 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

An old school, Hitchcockian style thriller from the writer behind Drive, The Two Faces of January commences with sexy, mysterious intrigue, but slowly dovetails into a soggy noodle. Shot against the glorious, sun-drenched Greek landscape by cinematographer Marcel Zyskind and boasting immaculate costume and set design befitting its 1960s period, January looks a million bucks, yet this can't cover up the fact the final hour is bland and devoid of tension. One of the finest (and underrated) actors of our generation, Oscar Isaac is once again astounding despite his failing surrounds, here portraying the smooth, enigmatic operator who gets in over his head when he witnesses a crime by an attractive American couple. As the wealthy tourists with a secret, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen are another major weakness, the duo sharing zero spark together and Mortensen in particular possessing all the charisma of a plank of wood. It's a noble directorial debut from screenwriter Hossein Amini, but remains a missed opportunity in a subgenre not visited nearly enough.


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