Is it true that all you need for cinematic success is a big two-hander (insert your own "Kermode mitts" gag here), or even a three-hander, or does that only work if you have the likes of Gemma Arterton and the wonderful Eddie Marsan, as in The Disappearance of Alice Creed?

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by EstonianFilmFan

    on 26 May 2010 14:17

    "Down by Law" by Jim Jarmusch essentially has only three characters in it for most of its duration... Do you like Walt Whitman?

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  • Comment number 84. Posted by Carole Crawford

    on 19 May 2010 06:01

    A couple of people have already mentioned two of my favourite "two-hander" films, Sleuth the original AND remake as well as Closet Land. Also ROman Polanski's The Tenant is mainly a one-hander with the director as star, although there are some peripheral characters in some scenes.

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  • Comment number 83. Posted by Howie

    on 18 May 2010 13:34

    For me a fantastic short horror film that focuses on one individual character is Steve Ayson's The French Doors. A simple concept executed very well to deliver a chilling 13 minutes.

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by The Special Guest Stars

    on 16 May 2010 19:08

    Have to agree with most of the Bruce Campbell-related comments. He's the shit. Especially in ED2.

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by CrazyAboutMovies

    on 14 May 2010 15:37

    Ahh I very much want to see The Disappearance on Alice Creed. Especially that it's just their performances alone in it, has increased my interest.

    I can't think of that much that are handled by a small amount of actors, surprisingly as I love those types of films. I'd say My Dinner With Andre is definatly one though. A film that is basically two friends just having a conversation over a restaurant table, yet it's still compelling.

    Sleuth is definatly another, the original AND the remake which I thought was brilliant even though critics said otherwise. I'm very tempted to say 44 Inch Chest. I know that has more than 3 actors in it (they are all fantastic) but some scenes that are just amazing would be between two characters, such as Loverboy and Winstone's Colin Diamond. Phone Booth is one that I see has been mentioned before, and that's such an entertaining film. Though Colin Farrell done some superb acting. And finally, in response to Dave B, I'd agree with you. Infact, I would say that I would quite happily sit through a feature-length film just with Bruce Campbell in it :)

    Anywho, there's probably many more I'll think of in a minute but I shall leave you with these, Dr Kermode ...

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by jevoller

    on 11 May 2010 22:46

    the soloist with Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx is mostly a two hander

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by jevoller

    on 11 May 2010 22:40

    the 2010 film Cash (Ca$h) starring sean bean was a three hander and possibly the Michael Caine film Harry Brown as well

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by jevoller

    on 11 May 2010 22:31

    like antimode says, paranormal activity is basically a two hander with a few minor bit roles

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  • Comment number 77. Posted by full metal jackson

    on 11 May 2010 20:59

    one of my favourite films of recent years was the spanish sci-fi/horror 'timecrimes', technically it's a 3 hander (3 and half if you include hector's wife), although those of you who have seen it could argue that it's actually a 5/5 and a half hander.confused? those of you who have'nt should watch it immediately! if you enjoyed 'primer' then you're sure to like 'timecrimes'.
    incidentally, i was recommending primer to a friend recently and they asked me to describe it, after much ponderation the best i could come up with was 'back to the future part 2 with a stephen hawking script polish'

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  • Comment number 76. Posted by Will Chadwick

    on 11 May 2010 15:16

    Y Tu Mama Tambien is quite a wonderful triple hander between Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Maribel Verdu. The film itself is a great take on the coming of age story superbly directed by Cuaron and beautifully photographed.

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