Oscar Isaac could not be hotter right now, coming off of Inside Llewyn Davis. His follow-up movie, The Two Faces of January premieres at the Berlin film festival this week, an event that's been paired with a trailer premiere. And despite one of those vague word-salad titles that recalls the fictional films in Seinfeld, the trailer suggests a stylish, sexy psychodrama with co-stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
The film, based on a novel by The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith, appears to be tapping into that omnidirectional chemistry of desire that 1999 Anthony Minghella film sported between Jude Law, Matt Damon, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Isaac plays a charming scammer who gets caught up with married Mortensen and Dunst, who are on the run from a murder, all in stylist 1960s Greece. I tried to tally the number of shots of one character making sex eyes at another, but I gave up due to oversaturation.
The film is also the directorial debut of longtime screenwriter Hossein Amini, whose career adapting novels for the screen is as eclectic as it is erratic (Jude, The Wings of the Dove, Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, 47 Ronin).
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