Never in the history of this blog have I called specific attention to a film’s availability for home viewing, but we have a very special occasion on our hands. I have just this minute discovered that Giuseppe Capotondi’s masterful romantic thriller, The Double Hour is available on Netflix Instant. This is notable information for a number of reasons.
When I wrote my original review of the film in June, the review itself got very little attention. Almost no hits, and zero comments. Why? Because no one had heard of it. Hell, I only saw it because I was intrigued by its one-sheet in the movie theater lobby. The fact is, The Double Hour made the festival rounds back in 2009 and was released on a very narrow scale last summer. I believe it ventured to a total of 12 U.S. theaters for only two weeks. Then it vanished. No wide theatrical release was hinted at, no DVD release date was published. I highlighted it as one of my top 10 films of 2011, but for all intents and purposes, it was gone.
Until now. Now, it sits there, not at all begging to be added to your queue, but rather, to be viewed instantly. If you’re a Netflix user, then check out The Double Hour. Others can rent it on iTunes or buy it from Amazon (as I just have).
I’m not even going to divulge a plot synopsis of the film here, because knowing next to nothing is better than knowing too much. If you want to read more, check out my original review here (don’t worry, I’m very discrete). Just know that The Double Hour is one of the most impeccably crafted, skillfully executed thrillers I’ve ever seen. It’s the kind of flick that makes Hitchcock smile smugly from beyond the grave.
One of the most puzzling aspects about the film is that it is only 96 minutes long. I have no idea how Giuseppe Capotondi managed to fit so many thrills into such a short period of time.