The Two Faces of January


Synopsis Cast & Crew

The Two Faces of January is a stylish international thriller starring some of the finest global acting talent working today; Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (The Road), Golden Globe nominee and Cannes Best Actress prize winner Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) and Oscar Isaacs (Drive).

The Two Faces of January is based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (DRIVE) and this is also his directorial debut.

1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner.

However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.


Viggo Mortensen Chester MacFarland
Kirsten Dunst Colette MacFarland
Oscar Isaacs Rydal


Hossein Amini Director
Tim Bevan Producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Robyn Slovo Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Ron Halpern Executive Producer
Olivia Courson Executive Producer
Hossein Amini Writer (screenplay)
Patricia Highsmith Writer (novel)