Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Guiseppe Capotondi? It's a mystery, all right, but I use that word almost in its religious sense. Its stars are two of the Italy's most versatile, in-the-moment actors at work today: Filippo Timi (Musolini in last year's Vincere) and Ksenia Rappoport (The Unknown Woman), and my lord, do they shine, bouncing off each other brilliantly in THE DOUBLE HOUR (La doppia ora), an unusual combina-tion love story/mystery/heist movie/ghost tale that keeps rearran-ging itself as it goes along yet never loses our interest or belief.
Alessandro Fabbri, Lucovica Rampoldi and Stefando Sardo, that so effortlessly combines what seems like a billion sub-genres without skipping a beat. it is also, in its dark, quiet manner, a visual feast. Because the movie is a mystery in more ways than one, the less said about plot, the better. But I will mention that it offers one of the oddest yet strangely satisfying conclusions in memory. It was also one of the best of the many good films in last year's FSLC Open Roads series.
Open My Heart in 2002 through In Memory of Me, Signorina Effe, Saturn in Opposition and As God Commands. Most American will have seen Timi in The American or perhaps Vincere. Few actors have the ability to bring us so close to themselves, to allow us to see deeply inside them, and Timi is one such. If you're a fan of his work or want to know more about him, you'll learn a little, at least, from my interview with the man a couple of years back.
The Rider Named Death, The Unknown Woman and The Man Who Loves. But she has registered strongly in each, while appearing different enough to be almost unrecognizable. As does Timi, she possesses the ability to throw herself body and soul into a role (no wonder she won a peck of awards for The Unknown Woman: If you have not seen this film, do). Here, she proves the most mysterious part of the mystery at hand, and her graceful, fleet performance goes far toward bringing the movie home.
Samuel Goldwyn Films, opens in New York this Friday, April 15, at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema and Sunshine Cinema -- with a welcome national roll-out to follow.