This movie has so much going for it: two sultry, on-the-rise actors, a deep, rich color palette, sensual movement, and a psychological thriller angle that frightens and captivates. The only thing missing is a destination. Hotel maid Sonia (Kseniya Rappoport) meets Guido (Filippo Timi) at a speed-dating event. Their affection is immediately ripped apart when they get caught in the middle of a burglary. Guido is shot dead. Sonia recovers, but she sees Guido’s ghost everywhere. As secrets are revealed, the vaguely supernatural tragedies begin to mount. Then, all hell breaks loose. Sonia is either stuck in an epic conspiracy or she’s possibly the angel of death. But The Double Hour feels like an endless line of banquet trays that contains a single green pea each. Disappointing isn’t quite the word for it. Infuriating is more like it.
Director: Giuseppe Capotondi
Writer: Alessandro Fabbri and Ludovica Rampoldi
Producer: Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano
Cast: Filippo Timi, Ksenia Rappaport, Gaetano Bruno, Federica Cassini, Giorgio Colangeli, Michele Di Mauro, Lorenzo Gioielli, Giampiero Judica, Roberto Accornero and Barbara Braconi