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MOVIE REVIEW: The Double Hour

A psychological thriller that delivers

  • Kseniya Rappoport as Sonia and Filippo Timi as Guido in "The Double Hour."
  • Kseniya Rappoport as Sonia and Filippo Timi as Guido in "The Double Hour."
  • Kseniya Rappoport as Sonia in "The Double Hour."
  • Filippo Timi as Guido in "The Double Hour."
  • Kseniya Rappoport as Sonia and Filippo Timi as Guido in "The Double Hour."
  • Kseniya Rappoport as Sonia in "The Double Hour."
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The Double Hour was good and original enough, that it was fun watching while being reminded of Miller's Crossing, House of Games, The Conversation, and mostly of Blow Out -- a great Brian DePalma movie starring two John’s – Travolta and Lithgow – with a special edition DVD recently released.

Italian actor Filippo Timi, who played Mussolini well in Vincere last year, plays an ex-cop named Guido that doesn’t seem happy with life. He’s got a great look for this role. It’s like 75% Javier Bardem and 25% Al Pacino. We see him half-heartedly going through women at a speed dating event, and find out from the lady that runs it, he has a lot of women interested in him. When he shows interest in a woman who doesn’t seem all that interested in the others, it seems like the perfect love connection. She’s a cute Slovenian immigrant (Kseniya Rappoport) that works as a chambermaid.

Timi's character seems to have a temper; he blows a gasket when a woman he brought back for a quickie asks for his phone number. We’re pretty sure this guy is trouble.

This is director Giuseppe Capotondi’s debut film, and it’s a brilliant first film. It reminds me of German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, giving the wonderful The Lives of Others as his debut, a film that also deals with similar themes.

Some might find parts of The Double Hour slow, but I enjoyed almost every scene. There were some scary moments, interesting police interrogations, and a moment in a bathtub where a character hears a song (The Cure’s Just Like Heaven) she keeps hearing at weird times - a fascinating scene.

With this movie, I was curious as to how other critics described certain elements of the film without giving away key things. Some did it well, others ruined it for anybody that would possibly see the The Double Hour. Read the lyrics from Just Like Heaven to provide some clues for what happens in the movie.

After Queen to Play earlier this year, this is now the second movie with a chambermaid you'll fall for. Are the maids at foreign hotels all this cute? It seems we have to wait until Halloween for all the cute chambermaids to come out of the dark.

The Double Hour is only playing at the La Jolla Landmark, but it's worth the trip.

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  • Rating: 4 of 5