The unknown girl is as tense as a police procedural, and as mysterious as a religious parable. Its a dardenne brothers film, in other words, shot with unassuming lyricism and an eye for. The narrative centers around a professor who wakes up from a four. Strange how a movie will show up, as timely as it can be, right during a crisis. Watch the full length movie of the unknown girl online or on the fios mobile app. Jenny shows the unknown girl s picture to whoever she meets and, almost invariably, the person knows something. The unknown girl the new film from acclaimed directors the dardenne brothers two days, one night is a searing saga of guilt and redemption.
The unknown girl and the limehouse golem the new yorker. The plot is entirely predicated on the kind of contrived coincidences that any screenwriting 101 professor would urge against, persistently dispelling the film s realism. The unknown girl is about a young doctor who refuses to open the gp surgery door to a mysterious late night caller. The following morning she discovers that the caller is a girl who has been found dead, and as the title highlights, nobody can identify her. Shot through with lowkey suspense and the heartstopping realism that has become the directors trademark, the unknown girl is both a gripping mystery and a profoundly human moral tale. The unknown woman is an odd, dramatically stilted and passionless quasiprocedural concerning a mysterious death. The heroine of their previous film, two days, one night 2015, had a single weekend in which to plead and pester her way out of redundancy, and, in the unknown girl, jenny drives. The unknown girl is a quietly mesmerizing thriller the. The unknown girl is a drama filled with mystery, reality of a persons guilt and suspense. The unknown girl 2016 letterboxd your life in film.
The normally infallible dardennes trip over the unknown. In an effort to assuage her own guilt, jenny embarks on an obsessive crusade to discover the womans identity so that she will not be buried anonymously. That problem crops up again in their latest film, the unknown girl, an odd fusion of an earnest socially conscious drama and a bmovie mystery programmer that never quite comes together despite a strong performance from adele haenel at its center. The unknown girl is an imperfect but absorbing addition to the canon, a carefully plotted thriller of conscience in which jenny spends most of the movie patiently and persistently atoning for her mistake. After refusing to answer a latenight knock on her clinic door, a doctor seeks to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of her unidentified caller, i. The unknown girl, the latest film by the belgian writerdirectors jeanpierre and luc dardenne, is about the consequences of trying to do the. The new film from acclaimed directors the dardenne brothers two days, one night is a searing saga of guilt and redemption. Its the first word of dialogue spoken in the dardenne brothers the unknown girl, as dr. The unknown girl was selected to compete for the palme dor at the 2016 cannes film festival. The unknown girl 2016, directed by jeanpierre dardenne. As the senate prepares for some drastic surgery on the affordable care act, theres special relevance to the unknown girl an intriguing study of a selfless, heroic female physician atoning for a. Their films are so raw, so pure, so devoid of artifice and often so hopeless that its hard to explain how the act of watching them can be such an engrossing, whiteknuckle experience. Because unknown girl doesnt feel like a movie, the peril that davin faces as she pokes around into the girls death feels that much more genuine.
February 15, 2019 its a very good film, but it is challenging, with a slant toward pessimism that may make it a bit. The unknown woman is an odd, dramatically stilted and passionless. Jenny, a young general practitioner, feels guilty for not having opened the door of her practice to a girl who is found dead shortly after. Opening in theaters and vod september 8th directed by. The unknown girl, the new film from jeanpierre and luc dardenne, is the story of a revolutiona onewoman revolution that starts with an acknowledgment of guilt and continues with a. The unknown girl mary riepma ross media arts center. The dardenne brothers onewoman revolution in the unknown. Drama film geregisseerd door jeanpierre dardenne en luc dardenne. The applause at the official press screening of the unknown girl in cannes was forced, likely meant to. On learning from the police that they have no way of identifying her, jenny has only one. Shot through with lowkey suspense and the heartstopping realism that has become the directors trademark, the unknown girl is both a.
The unknown girl is the kind of film that can leave you with lots to think about once it has been seen what might i have done etc, etc. The film tells the story of jenny davin adele haenel, a talented young doctor in the francophone belgian town of seraing, who has just achieved. The film is based on the 2003 french novel by didier van cauwelaert published in english as out of my head. The unknown girl confronts moral dilemmas worthy of hitchcock, in particular difficult questions around the code of doctorpatient confidentiality. A female doctor gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help. That problem crops up again in their latest film, the unknown girl, an odd fusion of an earnest socially conscious drama and a bmovie. The cinematography has a documentary feel to it, which together with a wonderful. This is a bleak film, the town is crumbling and grey and everything has the feel of neglect this is replicated in the way some of the people are treated and the victim is no exception.
But some clunky coincidences and unlikely events confuse the film s mission, and it lacks the. The film is set in the gritty industrial town of seraing near liege, the home base of the dardennes. And though the outcome provides answers to the central mystery, the filmmakers are less interested in closing the case than in the various ways in which people touched by the unknown girls. When one character, late in the film, protests jennys efforts by saying of the unknown girl that she doesnt care, shes dead, our heroines response is striking. The unknown girl, a morally challenging thriller from the dardenne brothers. The unknown girl isnt just their first bona fide thriller.
Jennys relationship with julien is the best thing about the film. On learning from the police that they have no way of identifying her, jenny has only one goal. It slowly builds the momentum carrying on with jennys investigation that starts to peel some layers that shows a persons guilt that builds inside our conscience that never leaves you until you face it. Faced with the weight of what she has done or rather not done she becomes obsessed with finding out who the girl was and so begins a quest for the truth. The newest film from acclaimed directors the dardenne brothers two days, one night, the unknown girl is both a gripping mystery and a profoundly human moral tale. She is later informed that the girl she turned away was found dead on the. The dardenne brothers, those belgian purveyors of austerity and despair, have always been a tough sell for mainstream audiences. A feature film by jeanpierre dardenne, luc dardenne. Which, having seen other films by jeanpierre and luc dardenne, that is something that doesnt surprise me. In the case of the unknown girl, its as if were interning for dr.
But what makes this a dardennes film is how she pokes around between medical duties. That problem crops up again in their latest film, the unknown girl, an odd fusion of an earnest socially conscious drama and a b movie mystery programmer that never quite comes together despite a strong performance from adele haenel at its center. Its also the first dardenne film in more than 20 years that could reasonably be described as less than exceptional, even a little. On one occasion, she treats an old man who refuses to talk to her about the unknown girl which naturally softens him. Theres a rare excursion to the countryside for a reencounter with julien, but otherwise this is a relentless and impressive slice of urban noir. Now shes wandering into a scuzzy pickup site for prostitutes, now shes making house calls.
A mystery lies at the heart of the unknown girl, but it isnt the one you think. Unknown is a 2011 action thriller film directed by jaume colletserra and starring liam neeson, diane kruger, january jones, aidan quinn, bruno ganz, and frank langella. The unknown girl, a morally challenging thriller from the dardenne brothers jeanpierre and luc dardenne offer a story of blinkered spirits and human interconnections, led by an enigmatic heroine investigating the death of a stranger. In this dardenne brothers film, the unknown girl, dr. T he dardenne brothers new film, the unknown girl unveiled at cannes earlier this year, makes its uk appearance in a new edit, with six minutes cut from the running time. The unknown girl official trailer i hd i ifc films youtube. Rent the unknown girl 2017 on dvd and bluray netflix. Just log on to your verizon account and watch the latest shows online. At the same she is readying herself to leave when the buzzer for the surgerys front door interrupts. The unknown girl is an imperfect but absorbing addition to the canon, a carefully plotted thriller of conscience in which jenny spends most of the movie patiently and persistently atoning for. On learning from the police that they have no way of. Her investigation affects her relationship with patients that might know something about the unknown girl.61 607 1260 1368 168 834 1312 811 464 102 1031 1028 743 430 89 1239 169 788 1 180 830 1089 227 1265 689 1074 1502 713 748 570 410 114 671 1381 695 791 1079 99 370 1380 1480 1134 525