Sonia and Guido 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 -- wary 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. THE DOUBLE HOUR is, at once, a stark romance, a touching, psychological thriller, and a story about possibilities.
Won: Best Italian Film, Best Actress (Rappoport), Best Actor (Timi), 2009 Venice Film Festival
A beautiful, head-spinning mystery that requires keen attention - and rewards it with a tricky and poetic payoff - THE DOUBLE HOUR is a topflight Euro thriller. -- Steven Rea, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER