Director: Hossein Amini

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst

Synopsis: A thriller centred on a con artist, his wife and a stranger, all of whom are

trying to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in a murder.



With this good-looking, twisty thriller, Hossein Amini (screenwriter of The Wings of the Dove, Drive) has based his directorial debut on the work of a master crime writer – Patricia Highsmith.

The Two Faces of January takes us once again into the claustrophobic, amoral world of Highsmith where there is no norm and plenty of apprehension, fear and physical jolts.

With themes reminiscent of Rene Clement’s Plein Soleil and dramatic filming locations in Athens and Crete, The Two Faces of January again scrutinises human guilt as the three protagonists race towards catastrophe giving us many physical jolts along the way.

When the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his beautiful, younger wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) arrive in Athens on a seemingly innocent sightseeing vacation, they quickly draw the attention of Greek-speaking American Rydal (Oscar Isaac) – a small-time con artist who exploits wealthy tourists. However, Chester and Colette have secrets of their own, and soon the trio find themselves drawn together and on the run through the sun-soaked streets of Greece (and later Istanbul).

Superb ensemble acting is assisted by stunning location cinematography from Marcel Zyskind and an evocative score from Alberto Iglesias


Images courtesy of Studio Canal