Check out the poster debut, exclusive to TOH!, for “Drive” screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial debut “The Two Faces of January,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac. It’s based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1962-set page-turner.
This posh thriller centers on a tony American couple (Mortensen and Dunst) who, while vacationing in sunny Athens, tangle with a suspiciously charismatic Greek-speaking American (Isaac). But their menage-a-trois takes murderous, jealous and paranoid turns when he becomes accomplice to the affluent couple’s bad behavior.
Oscar nominee Amini’s (1998’s “The Wings of the Dove”) classy throwback bowed on US shores at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2014 — here’s our review. It plays the LA Film Festival this week before Magnolia Pictures brings it to VOD on August 28, and to theaters on September 26. So far, it has picked up strong reviews.
The stars are attractive, as are the ravishingly filmed Greek and Turkish locales, but the real pleasure of this handsome production is the spirit of suspense master Patricia Highsmith which, in Amini’s capable hands, is very much alive.