Double Hour, The / La doppia ora (2009)

4.0 out of 5

Giuseppe Capotondi's debut feature is a satisfyingly twisting almost-noir. What begins as a speed-date soon descends into an ill-advised trip to the countryside of almost Antichrist-like consequences. The beautifully gamine Kseniya Rappoport deservedly won best actress at the Venice Film Festival for her portrayal of an Eastern European immigrant in Turin. Filippo Timi, who went on to portray Mussolini e figlio in Vincere is equally impressive in a less showy role.

Perhaps inspired by the recent success of the J-horror genre, subtle supernatural aspects come into play, and the story moves on inexorably to its climax.

Perhaps the plot is a little too convoluted for its own good, but anyone wanting to see two talented actors tackling a tight, literate script, will find much to enjoy here.

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