THE TWO FACES OF JAN­UARY (M)

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The year is 1962. While on an idyl­lic sum­mer hol­i­day in Greece, a wealthy mar­ried cou­ple (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) ex­pe­ri­ence a spot of bother with the lo­cal po­lice. Their only way out of the tan­gle is a wily young Amer­i­can tour guide (Oscar Isaac). This ex­pertly ex­e­cuted adap­ta­tion of a sec­ond-tier novel from es­teemed author Pa­tri­cia High­smith (The Tal­ented Mr Ri­p­ley) is all about mak­ing a lit­tle nig­gle go a long way. Though there is un­mis­take­able un­ease in the air from the out­set, first-time film­maker Hos­sein Amini very skil­fully keeps ten­sion lev­els ris­ing steadily through­out. Be­fore you know it, The Two Faces Of Jan­uary has got you in its grip, and won’t be let­ting go in a hurry.

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