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.
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.
though warmer than any film of the glaciation trilogy, the film works as an upgrade to 71 fragments. yes, in here there is compassion, but it helps us feeling the problems of communication and isolation in modern societies.
the film juliette is making, kind of reminded me of amour. modern day apartments are blocks of isolation. we ignore "everything" about the people who live around us.
Gifted though he is, Haneke is hit and miss with loftier themes; detractors justly identify his unpleasant proclivities for didactic patronizing. Such pitfalls are avoided here with sympathetic characters, who clash over believable, frustrating misunderstandings. In this lonely world, it's a struggle to see strangers as more than complications, means, or hindrances; "Code Unknown" simply asks that we continue to try.