“The Two Faces of January” is a period piece, set in 1962. And yet, it was a contemporary story when Patricia Highsmith’s novel was published in 1964. That pedigree gives the environment depicted a sense of authenticity. The official U.S. trailer for Hossein Amini’s film is slick with mood and atmosphere, as a love triangle seems to erupts in a world of crime and deceit.
Oscar Isaac stars as a grifter, a tour guide who scams tourists in Greece. He becomes enmeshed in the dark world of Americans Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) when he witnesses Chester dragging a body out of his hotel room.
From there, the three find themselves becoming more and more entangled in a dark world of crime and consequences. As he falls in deeper with this couple that had seemed so fabulous at first, Rydal starts developing an infatuation with Colette. Tensions rise as their situation escalates and becomes ever more dangerous, and then they start to turn on one another.
“The Two Faces of January” was adapted by Hossein Amini for his directorial debut. Produced by Tom Sternberg, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Robyn Slovo, Magnolia Pictures will release the film on demand Thursday, August 28, with a theatrical premiere on Friday, September 26.