The Double Hour is a 2009 Italian film directed by Giuseppi Capotondi. The film’s tagline is: Nothing Is What It Seems.
That usually means the unexpected happens, or that there will be some things that happen that you didn’t see coming but should have, or you thought they happened, but they really didn’t.
As the film begins we meet Sonia, a chambermaid about to start cleaning a hotel room in Turin, Italy. She goes about her business while the hotel room’s occupant is still there. This person, a woman, comes in and watches Sonia briefly. A moment or so later, we hear a noise and the hotel guest is no longer in the room.
Then that night, Sonia is set up at a table in a restaurant for an evening of speed dating. The men are dull, and/or horny; one says to her, “This isn’t bad, I get a nice dinner and a possible screw all for 25 Euro’s.” We think right along with Sonia – ‘next!’
Soon enough, another guy sits down for his five minutes with her. You know how this works – the women stay at a specific table, while the men move on sequentially to the next table every five minutes.
There seems to be a spark between Sonia and this guy called Guido. Not much can happen in five minutes. So the night ends and we assume that Sonia will head home alone. Only Guido shows up and off they go to his apartment.
They begin to date. She’s Sonia, the chambermaid, and he’s Guido, the … (they keep us in suspense for a while) an ex-cop now working as a security surveillance guy. This means he watches the security monitors in a mansion filled with art treasures and other expensive things.
One day he brings Sonia out to the estate. He’s got a nice romantic walk in the woods planned. It just so happens that on this particular day – a major heist is going to go down. At the mansion – he’s watching.
It goes well for the heist guys – but less well for Guido and Sonia.
There’s your set up. Sonia is played by the Russian actress Kseniya Rappoport. She’s quite good in this role which calls for her to be somewhat haunted, mysterious, sexy, and there are other things about her that you can’t quite put your finger on.
Guido is played by Filippo Timi. He’s dark, bearded, muscular and he carries himself in a way that makes you think that he’s brooding about something. He’s also quite good.