Bevan, the daughter of Joely Richardson and granddaughter of acting legend Vanessa Redgrave, plays Lauren, a young ingénue who falls into the clutches of a small-time conman in this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel.
The story has been adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini.
The film is Produced by Tom Sternberg who also oversaw the adaptation of Highsmith’s >The Talented Mr. Ripley and Working Title’s Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester Macfarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal.
While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner.
However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him.
In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free.
His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.