Lives unravel in taut tale

American expat Rydal (Isaac) is leading a group of tourists on the steps of the Acropolis in 1962. He’s charming, knowledgeable and fluent in Greek. He’s also a bit of a scam artist. We know from a letter he receives that he did not attend the funeral of his academic father a month before.

Touring the ancient monument at the same time are apparently well-heeled Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Dunst).

When Chester spots Rydal staring at him, perhaps because he reminds him of his father, Colette chats Rydal up and engages him