But most summers I can’t swing a vacation on Santorini or Crete, so it’s useful to “cheat.” Last week I visited Greece through the movies.
The Two Faces of January is based on the eponymous 1964 thriller by Patricia Highsmith. Many readers/moviegoers are familiar with her thanks to The Talented Mr. Ripley. The new movie directed by Hossein Amini has similar elements: Americans abroad get into trouble, mostly of their own doing!
The setting for this film is in the 60s, and Hossein Amini has done a careful job to recreate the time period. It’s fascinating to imagine what tourism was like at that time. It was easy for naïve travelers to fall into the hands of….. the likes of Rydal.
In case the scenery of Athens, Iraklion, and Hania isn’t enough for you, you can feast your eyes on the good-looking cast. Kirsten Dunst is beautiful. Viggo Mortensen is commanding. But _https://www.facebook.com/OfficialOscarIsaacPage! Hot hot hot! He’s the perfect small-time con artist…. Until things get too hot for him too.
One of the best features of the film: Isaac speaks genuine Modern Greek that is understandable and credible.
The film is a tribute to book/film adaptation. Watching the movie is not as good as a trip to Mykonos, but for the price of a ticket, it’s a fine entertainment.
For another cheap trip to Greece, check out my latest murder mystery featuring Andy Veracruz. In Island Casualty Andy goes to Greece for vacation, but much like Oscar Isaac, things do NOT go his way! (But the beaches are still good, and the bouzouki music still beautiful.)