Patricia Highsmith

The Two Faces of January brings three solid performances together to help a decent script turn into an hour and a half of quite entertaining film.

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Clément presents the devious and seemingly amoral Tom Ripley (a star-making turn from Alain Delon) with a huge amount of ambiguity concerning his motives. Minghella’s movie (with Matt Damon in the title role) went more into the detail and backstory of Highsmith’s book, while Clément makes Ripley seem more quiet, distant, and dangerous.

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