EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|DOUBLE HOUR, THE (LA DOPPIA ORA) (director: Giuseppe Capotondi; screenwriters: Alessandro Fabbri/Ludovica Rampoldi/Stefano Sardo; cinematographer: Tat Radcliffe; editor: Guido Notari; music: Pasquale Catalano; cast: Ksenia Rappoport (Sonia), Filippo Timi (Guido), Antonia Truppo (Margherita), Gaetano Bruno (Riccardo), Fausto Russo Alesi (Bruno), Michele Di Mauro (Dante), Lucia Poli (Marisa), Giorgio Colangeli (Old Priest); Runtime: 105; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Nicola Giuliano/Francesca Cima; Samuel Goldwyn Films; 2009-Italy-in Italian with English subtitles)|
too clever for its own good and too manipulative."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A clever film noir
the directorial debut of Italian filmmaker Giuseppe
Capotondi, former photographer for Vanity Fair and
director of music
videos. It suffers from being too clever for its own
good and too
manipulative. It's written by Alessandro
Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo.
In Turin, Italy, the
Rappoport), a Slovenian immigrant, is in shock when the
woman guest in the
room she's cleaning commits suicide by jumping out the
window. Next we
see Sonia falling for surly but handsome bearded
Timi), a widower whom she meets at
date club where
he's a regular. Guido now works as a security guard
for an absentee
boss to guard his vacant mansion filled with priceless
art. He uses a
high-tech security system to ward off intruders. But
the place gets
robbed by an efficient group of masked men, as Guido
lets his guard
down and is fondling Sonia while taking a walk on the
Confusion kicks in as we're led to believe at first
that the burglars
shot Guido dead and then we're led to believe Sonia
will die when she's
in a coma, but it's all
tomfoolery, misinformation and red herrings thrown our
way. When the
unnecessary haze clears after too
many plot twists to count, we know as little of the
truth as the
screenplay allows without it being too ambiguous and
the story meaningless.
It's the kind of
empty movie that's pretty to look at and the story is
unpredictable, but by the conclusion it seems more
like an academic
Sonia turns into a ghost who
keeps seeing photographs of her with Guido in
Argentina that she never
took; there's a creepy mysterious hotel guest who
takes a special
interest in her
well-being; the cop friend of Guido's, Dante (Michele Di Mauro), has pegged her a suspect as
her shady past in Slovenia by contacting her estranged
there's a second suicide.
Before the third act ends, there's a major plot twist
everything previously seen--making it seem like
nothing is ever quite
what it is in this confusing psychological thriller.
It's the kind of
that makes you believe it's just supposed to be a
teaser of a
non-linear experimental film that wants only to tickle
our fancy with
its gimmicky filmmaking style.
The title refers to the moment
time consists of the same numbers, like 20:20pm.
REVIEWED ON 6/6/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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