The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

Streaming Video - 2014
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From the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley and the producers of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy comes a stylish and breathtaking thriller following the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) as they befriend a young guide (Oscar Isaac) during a European trip. Their friendship quickly takes a dangerous turn when it morphs into a love triangle rife with envy, obsession, and murder.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Branch Call Number: STREAMING VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 96 min.)) : sd., col

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DavidRome
Jul 20, 2017

None of the characters in this film are worth a second look. Their beauty is entirely on the surface. Just another film without any redeeming moral, social, political, cultural or aesthetic values. I could only take 45 minutes; it would have been better not to have started at all. How can there be suspense when you don't care what happens to anyone?

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COURIER3
Oct 10, 2016

Interesting story line of how a tour guide can scam tourists. Seemed to drag on with lots of smoking and drinking. Thank you patrons for rating this on dashboard.

JCLEdwardR Sep 22, 2016

Slow but in the classic movie sense. There is a lot of characterization in conversations and camera angles. That approach isn't for everyone. I do see the comparisons to Hitchcock and I do not think they're unfounded. Is this a perfect reflection of Hitchcock, no. Is it very Hitchcock-ian, yes.

Oscaar Isaac and Viggo Mortensen are amazing actors. I am always mixed about Kirsten Dunst but I think her skills were well suited for this part.

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kaylaawford
Jul 03, 2016

This movie had it all: love, crime, and left my husband and I sitting on the edge of our seat wondering what would happen next.

Marinetti Feb 12, 2016

I thought this was a very good adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel- I found it best to go into the film knowing little or nothing. Still, it's best to experience the movie as a character study of desperate and dangerous people on the fringes of society.

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daysleeper236
Jan 11, 2016

A tense psychological thriller.

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Janice21383
Jan 01, 2016

The thing about Two Faces of January is that it has the right elements, but manages to get them wrong. It is based on a story by Patricia Highsmith, a great author, but far from her best work. It was produced by Max Minghella, seemingly not out of artistic conviction, but in tribute to his late father Anthony, the director of another Highsmith adaptation, The Talented Mr. Ripley. The director tries to make a Hitchcockian thriller, without having a clear idea on how to do so. Kirsten Dunst, though a good actress, is no femme fatale, and Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac are in no way reminiscent of father and son, though the story keeps insisting they are. Of all of the above, Mortensen comes out the best, as an edgy, aging man on the run.

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windman
Dec 19, 2015

Too slow and not much story. Not recommended.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Oct 30, 2015

O.K. adaptation of P. Highsmith's novel, but comparisons to Hitchcock by director in the bonus features is a bit ridiculous. Not enough tension due to a lack of caring about these characters. Mortensen and Isaac are o.k. as conmen conning each other at every turn, but Dunst is unfortunately out of her depth.

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garycornell
Aug 16, 2015

"Two Faces of January" is the first time that I have seen the brilliant acting of Oscar Izaacs.
While watching the movie I could not get over how much he reminded me of Al Pacino in the original "Godfather". The producer of the "Godfather" was Tom Sternberg, who is also one of the many producers of "Two Faces of January". The entire cast is outstanding and the director Hossein Amini did an admirable job. "The Two Faces of January" is one of the best films I have seen this year. It definitely deserves to be watched by KCLS patrons!

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jimg2000
Mar 06, 2015

Rydal: Coffee's cold and the beer's warm.

Chester: Truth is we're joined at the hip. l get caught, l take you down. You get caught, you turn me in. l guess you must have thought of that or you would have gone to the cops.
Rydal: You have no idea what l'm thinking.
Chester: I know you wouldn't be here if you didn't have a little larceny in your veins ...

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