Film review: The Two Faces Of January

The Two Faces Of January

The Two Faces Of January

Director: Hossein Amini | Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Bevan
Cert: PG | Runtime: 96minutes | Rating: 4 stars

This is a period drama set in Athens in 1962, delivered by the talented British-Iranian screenwriter of ‘Drive’, Hossein Amini.

When conman Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his beautiful wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) arrive via a boat into the city, they draw attention and catch they eye of a crook, Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a handsome young Greek-speaking American who, enamored by the duo, accepts an invite to dinner.

With Rydal first believing he has the upper hand, it quickly becomes apparent that his has bitten off more than he can chew and is drawn into a world from which he cannot escape. As the old saying goes, ‘you can’t kid a kidder,’ so who’s character will shine out and survive this psychological thriller? A murder, a plot with a twist and some great atmospheric scenes all add to this must watch movie.