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The Double Hour (6/10)

by Tony Medley

Run time 93 minutes.

Not for children.

This is a nice mystery with a Hitchcockian, Dallas-type, twist, but almost terminally slow. Sonia (Ksenia Rappaport) is a hotel chambermaid without a boy friend, so she goes to a singles place and meets Guido (Filippo Timi) and they hit it off. Suddenly their idyll is shattered when they are both victimized by a theft from a huge house for which Guido is a security guard.

OK so far, but then we go through an hour of Sonia and the horrible trauma she endures as a result of going through the theft. Thereís one scene of her in a bathtub, just thinking, that lasts for what seems like five minutes. And thereís not even any graphic nudity to arouse oneís interest, if youíll pardon the expression. Pace is clearly not a word with which director Giuseppe Capotondi is familiar.

You know itís a movie because all of the chambermaids are beauties. Iíve been to Italy many times and donít remember chambermaids who look like these.

While the acting is uniformly good, Sonia goes through the entire movie with such a dyspeptic look on her face that itís hard to feel much sympathy, or to comprehend what Guido sees in her. And Guido is such a good-looking guy, itís hard to buy the idea that he has to troll in a singles place to find a date. But, like I said, this is a movie and itís full of movie stars. It probably wouldnít sell if Sonia and her fellow chambermaids were played by people who looked like Roseanne Barr or Kathy Bates, which is probably closer to what most chambermaids look like than the beautiful Rappaport and the others.

It finally crawls to a relatively surprising climax, if thatís the right word for something that drags like this. The main feeling I had was relief that it was finally over. In Italian.

 

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