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Movie Review: Double Hour

Alternate Title: Parallel Reality

Story: First time director Giuseppe Capotondi hits one out of the park in this film noir, mystery/thriller that keeps you both on the edge of your seat and also pondering what the heck is really happening.

Hotel chambermaid Sonia meets former cop Guido at a speed dating event. The story starts with a suicide and includes deception, misdirection, delusion, red herrings, hauntings and surprises galore. I won't tell you more about the plot (that would be a real spoiler) other than to say that you need to pay attention and will be rewarded for your efforts. The film was written by Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4yzgbspy5Y

Acting: Ksenia Rappoport as Sonia is amazing. She nails this part. Filippo Timi as Guido, is also terrific. A fine supporting cast including, Antonia Truppo, Gaetano Bruno, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michele Di Mauro, Lucia Poli and Giorgio Colangeli.

Predilection: I like film noir.

Trivia: Both Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi won best acting awards at the 2009 Venice Film festival for their work in this film. Ksenia Rappoport is a Russian born actress. She also looks like the girl in Vermeer's Girl With the Pearl Earing.

Critters: None

Sex Spectrum: It is a European film. There is both sex and nudity.

Blatant Product Placement: None

Soundtrack: Appropriately haunting.

Opening Titles: All titles are at the end.

Theater Audience: Crowded for a holiday weekend early show. I had to change my seat five times in order to not have hulking heads blocking the subtitles.

Weather: Not a factor

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Predictability Level: I was a slight bit surprised by the ending.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: I always vote for the big screen.

Length: 95 minutes,

LOBO HOWLS: 7.5