Sonia and Guido might be the two loneliest people in the Italian city of Turin. A penniless maid and a chilly ex-cop, they each go about their daily routines like ghosts, both tormented by mistakes and loss from their individual pasts, unable to truly move forward with their lives in any meaningful way. But, when the two meet for the first time in the grimmest of settings -- a schmaltzy speed dating event -- wary flirtation blooms into desperate passion. Only a single, shocking incident, an ill-timed robbery, threatens to destroy the salvation that Sonia and Guido so quickly find in each other. THE DOUBLE HOUR is, at once, a stark romance, a touching, psychological thriller, and a story about possibilities. La doppia ora: A second chance, a magical moment when a person makes a wish, hoping against hope for a better life, for love, for redemption. But, is wishing, as Guido suggests, only a game? Giuseppe Capotondi's THE DOUBLE HOUR premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival where Ksenia Rappoport's performance as "Sonia" earned her the Volpi Cup Award for Best Actress and Filippo Timi won the Pasinetti Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of "Guido." The film also received Venice's Young Cinema Award for Best Film. THE DOUBLE HOUR, which also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, is Capotondi's first feature-length motion picture.
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and cunningly told, The Double Hour is a pleasurable puzzle that will keep audiences guessing throughout.
- Samuel Goldwyn Films
- © 2009 - Samuel Goldwyn Films
- Italian (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)