The Unknown Girl

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
 
PLEASE NOTE: there’s no English subtitles nor English dialogue in the film!
 
 
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ latest social realist drama sees the siblings veer surprisingly close to genre terrain. There’s a crime at its heart, a mystery to be solved and a determined gumshoe for a protagonist. There’s cops, gangsters and even a car chase (albeit involving a small scooter). But before you imagine that the Belgian filmmakers have suddenly gone all CSI: Liège on us, the crime leads not into a police thriller but another humanist odyssey along a small community’s fault lines.
 
Phil De Semlyen / Empire
 
 
(…) Haenel is absolutely present in every shot of the film, her intense but utterly calm concentration holding our attention, although she’s almost never called on to emote on screen in the conventional sense.
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There are also echoes of Hitchcock’s I Confess in terms of the question of secrecy and the transference of guilt. Jenny is bound by professional protocol, so anything that a patient might tell her must remain secret; but we also become aware that she’s breaching the codes of professional conduct by pushing her patients for information quite as insistently as she does. The film is very much an inquiry into the conflict between personal responsibility for others (a recurring Dardennes theme) and the matter of social codes and protocol.
 
Jonathan Romney / Sight & Sound
 
 

Belgium / France 2016. Cinemanse
 
La fille inconnue
 
Käsikirjoitus/Script: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne * Kuvaus/DOP: Alain Marcoen * Leikkaus/Editor: Marie-Hélène Dozo * Pääosissa/Cast: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier * Kopion Lähde/DCP source: Cinemanse * Kieli/Language: French, subtitles in Finnish & Swedish * Kesto/Duration: 106 min * Ikäraja/Age limit: 12
 
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