On a busy Paris boulevard, a youth scornfully tosses a crumpled paper bag into the outstretched hands of a beggar woman. This is the bond which, for an instant, links several very different characters: an actress, a war photographer, a farmer, a music teacher, and an immigrant.
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Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several JourneysDirected byMichael Haneke
I'm completely heartful to watch this film: it's activism and art, with a lot of soul in it. Code Unknown is one of those things that just stick with you, that immediately grab you: eye to eye. It's a mirror and the reflection is bold - it's us. Passages, flows, dead ends: a kind of work that even when pretending to make cinema, makes cinema. Excellent <3
Though I remain extremely passionate about his first two theatrical features, it seems clear to me now that Code Unknown was where Haneke peaked as a film artist. It is a perfect marriage of form and content in the service of a vision of the world and of art. There are many movies of the postmodern era that focus on fragmentation and convergence. I'm fairly certain Cody Unknown is the greatest by a solid measure.
Although I'm a Lars Von Trier's big fan, this was the TRUE Golden Palm in the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Haneke shows us a perfect reflection of what the beggining of the millennium was. The promise of a better and modern world and the truth about it: a globalized system with the same and even worse types of discrimination; lack of communication in a dehumanized world.
Great film and one of the beste ends I've seen for some time, so simple and good. Haneke is a connaisseur of human behavior, in god and especially in bad and Juliette Binoche still one of my favorite actresses.
So disturbing, so pure. I don’t remember anymore when i saw a movie when i nearly cried watching it, here i almost did. It so intense, so real, so inhuman in human way. Truly masterpiece by Haneke. Again.
it's difficult to pinpoint what exactly draws me to haneke. aesthetically, each of his works seem so bland, with the possible exclusion of the piano teacher. and yet this film is an excellent example of how he can take the stale look of a british sitcom and produce a layered, challenging, sophisticated, and well-paced film that i expect will stick with me for some time. great movie.
The film that makes believe there is truly something remarkable about Michael Haneke. A masterpiece through and through. It helps that the inter-twining multi-character structure is one of my favorites, but after hating Funny Games U.S. and not quite grasping The Piano Teacher, Code Unknown elevated Haneke, finally, to the pedestal so many place him on. Now to get my hands on a sub titled Hidden...
It reminded me of "Babel", but in Paris. A fragmented society and story of odds and ends. What is this "code unknown"? Empathy? Fraternity? Mutual respect for the Other? Surely it's something greater than conventional language. Some parts were particularly interesting to watch on the light of recent events (the terrorist attacks in France). Binoche was very good.