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Two Faces of January. Three Faces of Beauty

Two Faces of January, a thriller based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, has released its first official still which includes Two Faces of Obsession (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst... Oscar Isaac, backgrounded, has a good one, too). Viggo and Kiki are also in On The Road together (in which Viggo is particularly fantastic in a showy small part) though they share no scenes.

No word yet on who did the costumes but I like 'em.

I read this novel at some point but I don't remember a thing about it other than the Greece setting, that it was moody and triangular, and that the ending disappointed me - don't remember why just that it did. Still. Highsmith transfers well to film (see her 'Ripliad' series which has been adapted a few times already)


(When I was researching that poll I was said to hear that Barry Pepper had also starred in a Mr. Ripley adaptation called  Ripley Under Ground (2005) but the movie was never released. Barry Pepper really needs a more fortunate career.)

Hossein AminiTwo Faces of January is currently filming in Greece which surely can use all this movie-making revenue of late (see also: Before Midnight) but it isn't a stylistic choice. That's where a good portion of the travelogue thriller is set. This marks the feature directorial debut of Oscar nominated Iranian British screenwriter Hossein Amini -- my favorites from his work are Drive (2011), Jude (1996) and The Wings of the Dove (1997) -- so The Film Experience is officially rooting for success as he makes the jump behind cameras.

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Oh, doesn't this sound like fun! What a great cast! Patricia Highsmith is so addictive and re-readable. And Purple Noon has just been re-released by Criterion, so I can see that one while anticipating the new one.

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Nathaniel, are you going to review On the Road?

Two Faces sound very promissing, rooting for Kirsten to have major recognition.

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterremy

Remy -- i'll talk more about ON THE ROAD when it opens. we've got a while still. but shocker of shockers i liked Kristen Stewart in it!

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Of course! I never made the connect between Hossein Amini writing both DRIVE and WINGS OF A DOVE. Thank you. I love JUDE too, so I will be watching TWO FACES OF JANUARY with interest. Must read the novel...

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

Absolutely adored 'Drive' and 'Wings of the Dove', so I couldn't be more excited to hear this about Amini. Adding in Viggo is just gravy, btw.

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlinking Cursor

Ripley Underground is actually a really good movie, it got released a couple years after it was made. Pepper does pretty good in it, and yes, he really deserves better.

He is definately one of the most underrated actors of his generation, and i keep waiting for his big break. I look forward to him in The Lone Ranger next year though.

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlack Superman

God. . . Purple Noon. Alain Delon is so pretty I can't even stand it. I've never heard of Edith's
Diary. Highsmith's novels are so filmable though. I'd love to see movie versions of This Sweet Sickness or Little G.

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I can tell you who has done the costumes for the 2 faces of January, it's my very talented friend and neighbour Steven Noble who also did last year's Wuthering Heights and Never let me Go

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrosie harkness
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