A wealthy American couple on a sightseeing tour of Athens draw a shady tour guide into a treacherous game of deception in this international thriller adapted from a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Athens, Greece: 1962. Charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his ravishing wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) are soaking in the sights of the Acropolis when they cross paths with American-born tour guide Rydal (Oscar Isaac), whose instant charm and quick wit soon earn him an invitation to join the couple at dinner. A low-level con artist whose fluency in Greek helps him earn a healthy income on the side, Rydal fails to notice that his two new companions harbor some sinister secrets when he pays them a visit at their posh hotel, and stumbles upon Chester dragging an "unconscious" man down the hallway. Chester claims that he knocked the man out during a vicious attack, and after some convincing Rydal agrees to help him move the stranger out of the way. Meanwhile, his flirtations with Colette increasingly reciprocated by the sensitive beauty, Rydal's paranoia begins to mount as he realizes that he has become inexorably linked to the mysterious couple. But the real game has only just begin, and as Rydal searches desperately for a way out, the trio embark on a chase that takes them first to Turkey, and later to Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, where the crowded back alleys serve as the stage for one final, fateful confrontation.
Alberto Iglesias - Composer, TAKE MY EYES (2006)
Patricia Highsmith - Novelist - "Ripley's Game"
Marcel Zyskind - Director of Photography, IN THIS WORLD (2003)
Daniel Phillips - Makeup; Hair Styles
Kirsten Dunst - American actor, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE/BRING IT ON
Viggo Mortensen - American Actor
Oscar Isaac - Actor, THE NATIVITY STORY, (2006)
James Sobol Kelly
"Patricia Highsmith provides the plot and writer-director Hossein Amini supplies the culture in THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, a gripping old-school suspenser..." - 02/14/2014 Variety
"Screenwriter Hossein Amini makes a strong directing bow with psychological thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith." - 02/11/2014 Hollywood Reporter
3 stars out of 5 -- "TWO FACES looks and sounds great. Marcel Zyskinds widescreen lensing evokes the limpid Mediterranean magic of Athens, Crete and Istanbul back before the tourist hordes descended, and Alberto Iglesiass Bernard Herrmann-esque score ratchets up the atmosphere." - 05/12/2014 Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "A superior directorial debut for a smart, literate screenwriter delivers both first-class character drama and edge-of-your-seat suspense." - 05/09/2014 Empire
"Its a movie of small pleasures: slow-burn suspense; period flavor, with an emphasis on the eras textures, clothes, and luggage; [and] an effective score by Pedro Almodovars regular composer, Alberto Iglesias..." - 09/25/2014 A.V. Club
"Writer-director Hossein Amini uses murder, seduction, and betrayal to set a spring trap..." -- Grade: B- - 09/24/2014 Entertainment Weekly
"The director Hossein Amini sets up all these pieces and looks, these covert glances and hushed exchanges, with economy and borderline geometric precision.....He doesnt build unease; rather, he smartly leads with it..." - 09/25/2014 New York Times