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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

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Supernatural noir.

The Double Hour is a very interesting film. One of those rare pictures in which every scene counts. It's hard to review it without spoiling anything, since a lot of it's brilliance lays in a very surreal and terrifying sequence of events. The film is a lot of things; a twisted thriller, a unique and intense romance and a character study of two different individuals who find exactly what they need in each other. It works on every level that it attains towards, thanks primarily to a very intelligent script and superb performances from Filippo Timi and especially Kseniya Rappoport. The film has a lot of twists and a lot of, "what the hell is happening?" scenes, but thanks to the script it never gets too far ahead of the audience. It's easy to stick with, while still being intellectually stimulating. I wasn't bored for a second, from the huge shock of the opening scene until the interesting final one. There's a lot of great aspects that are involved throughout, the film really knows how to give it's two main characters some very emotional and enlightening arcs. They both go through a world of emotional distress and in the end they are completely changed while remaining in the same basic place that they started off. It asks a lot of questions and leaves the audience to debate them long after the film is over. Can you ever truly trust someone? What is the nature of revenge? How do you move past losing a loved one? There are many more and the film keeps you guessing all the way through. Tons of twists, great characters and interesting moves from a structural standpoint. It's a very unique film and a very fantastic one.


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