But before that, during their first date, Guido looks at his watch, which marks , and he tells Sonia that it's a double hour and that she should make a wish.

This detail early on, serves as a metaphor for the double life of the characters and the double storyline of the film you are about to embark on.

Like an intricately constructed jigsaw puzzle, THE UNKNOWN WOMAN reveals piece by piece the enigma of Irena's past.

Written by Outsider Pictures (See here) Year: 2006 Runtime: 118 minutes Rating: 7.8 Languages: Italian Country: Italy, France, IMDb Italy section Genre: Drama All Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, IMDb Drama section Colors: Color Also known as: L' Inconnue,, France The Other Woman, USA (wide-release title) The Unknown, International (English title) Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Writing By: Giuseppe Tornatore (written by) Massimo De Rita (script collaborator) Produced By: Laura Fattori executive producer Music: Ennio Morricone Cast: Kseniya Rappoport Irena / The unknown (as Xenia Rappoport) Michele Placido Muffa Claudia Gerini Valeria Adacher Margherita Buy Avvocatessa di Irena ....

To pursue a mysterious aim she manages, by any means, legal and illegal, to get the job as an house servant for a wealthy couple with a little girl.

She grows closer and closer to the family, especially to the girl, who suffers from a rare neurological disease.

If suspense isn't your cup of tea but you enjoy art films with non-linear and unpredictable plots, you'll probably end up drinking the whole pot of this satisfying brainteaser from newcomer director Giuseppe Capotondi."The Double Hour" is actually a love story between a lonely immigrant, Sonia (a chambermaid at a high-end hotel in Turin) and the also lonesome Guido, an ex-cop working as a security guard at an art dealer's estate.

The two meet at a speed-dating event and just as they are beginning to fall in love, a crime happens, and their relationship is cut short.

THE DOUBLE HOUR, winner of Best Actress at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival, is directed by Giuseppe Capotondi.

Fans of Alfred Hitchcock and followers of the more recent "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" series, would likely be pleased with this nail-biting psychological thriller from Italy, which delivers many unexpected twists during its 96 minutes of running time.

The two hit it off, and a passionate romance develops.