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73 Ratings

Complete Unknown

Directed by Joshua Marston
United States, 2016


As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame – a woman who often changes identities – reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.

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Complete Unknown Directed by Joshua Marston

Critics reviews

Apart from the moonlit frog bit, Marston and his co-writer, Julian Sheppard, can’t think of much for Alice and Tom to do once they’re alone together… It’s a drastic turnaround from the disorientation that reigns early on, and while that’s thematically apropos for a story about reinventing oneself at will, without looking back, the shift from abstract to concrete just doesn’t satisfy.
August 24, 2016
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Marston walks a tricky tightrope, as Complete Unknown is predicated on the notion of there being less to this film than we initially anticipated, which is meant to reflect the ennui with which the characters find themselves grappling. It’s an ambitious empathetic device that’s both admirable and, by design, disappointing.
August 22, 2016
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Luxuriously conversational in structure, it would make an outstanding stage play, and the two stars play it with chamber-piece rigor: As also demonstrated in The Deep Blue Sea and The Constant Gardener, Weisz is often at her best playing women of evasive will and desire, and she does clever work here — even bending and interrupting her own accent — with a needfully frustrating character who emerges only through the elimination of other personae. That does not, inevitably, leave much of a person.
January 26, 2016
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