La doppia ora (The Double Hour)
Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi
Italy, 2009, in Italian with English Subtitles
Opens at Edina Theater on June 10
The Double Hour is at once a stark romance, a touching psychological thriller, and a story about possibilities. Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport) and Guido (Filippo Timi) 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 - 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. 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? Winner of 3 awards at the Venice International Film Festival (Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Italian Film).