ELLE reviews The Two Faces of January

Starring Kirsten Dunst

Like the opening piano sequence that plunges us into its sun-kissed but sordid world, The Two Faces of January is at once perfectly pretty and inescapably dark.

The film fleshes out the story of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel about an American couple’s quickly souring vacation in Athens.

Kirsten Dunst’s enviable on-screen wardrobe and the many lingering shots of Oscar Isaac and Viggo Mortensen add to the film’s dreamy aesthetic and serve to make the plotline’s descent into darkness even more compelling.

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Relationships fall irreparably apart and deception proliferates in scenes soundtracked by traditional greek melodies and characterised by an elegant palette of beiges and blues. All this ambivalence makes for a mysteriously seductive film.

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