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The Double Hour (2009)

La doppia ora (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 9 October 2009 (Italy)
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A chambermaid and an ex-cop meet at a speed dating event and a romance develops. But during a romantic getaway things suddenly take a dark turn.

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Giuseppe Capotondi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kseniya Rappoport ... Sonia (as Ksenia Rappoport)
Filippo Timi ... Guido
Antonia Truppo Antonia Truppo ... Margherita
Gaetano Bruno Gaetano Bruno ... Riccardo
Fausto Russo Alesi ... Bruno
Michele Di Mauro Michele Di Mauro ... Dante
Lorenzo Gioielli Lorenzo Gioielli ... Hotel deputy director
Lidia Vitale ... Redhead at speed date
Giampiero Judica ... Man at speed date
Roberto Accornero Roberto Accornero ... Man at speed date
Lucia Poli Lucia Poli ... Marisa
Giorgio Colangeli ... Priest / Father
Deborah Bernuzzi Deborah Bernuzzi ... Hostess
Barbara Braconi Barbara Braconi ... Receptionist
Federica Cassini Federica Cassini ... Infermiera
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Storyline

Guido (Filippo Timi), a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. But, much to his surprise, he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport), a chambermaid at a high-end hotel. The two hit it off, and a passionate romance develops. After they leave the city for a romantic getaway in the country, things suddenly take a dark turn. As Sonia's murky past resurfaces, her reality starts to crumble. Everything in her life begins to change - - questions arise and answers only arrive through a continuous twist and turn of events keeping viewers on edge until the film's final moments. THE DOUBLE HOUR, winner of Best Actress at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival, is directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hora Dupla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,246, 17 April 2011

Gross USA:

$1,514,942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,715,751
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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09-15-00 (Part One)
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A Satisfying Nail-Biting Psychological Thriller from Italy
6 June 2011 | by marielaperezsimonsSee all my reviews

Fans of Alfred Hitchcock and followers of the more recent "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" series, would likely be pleased with this nail-biting psychological thriller from Italy, which delivers many unexpected twists during its 96 minutes of running time.

If suspense isn't your cup of tea but you enjoy art films with non-linear and unpredictable plots, you'll probably end up drinking the whole pot of this satisfying brainteaser from newcomer director Giuseppe Capotondi.

"The Double Hour" is actually a love story between a lonely immigrant, Sonia (a chambermaid at a high-end hotel in Turin) and the also lonesome Guido, an ex-cop working as a security guard at an art dealer's estate. The two meet at a speed-dating event and just as they are beginning to fall in love, a crime happens, and their relationship is cut short.

But before that, during their first date, Guido looks at his watch, which marks 23:23, and he tells Sonia that it's a double hour and that she should make a wish. This detail early on, serves as a metaphor for the double life of the characters and the double storyline of the film you are about to embark on. And it's details such as this one that you need to pay attention to, because every one of them is important to decipher this riveting puzzler that won't let you get too comfortable in your seat.

Acted to perfection by Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi "The Double Hour" is making its way quietly now through art-house theaters in the United States. Don't miss it!


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