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3.1
432 Ratings

The Unknown Girl

La fille inconnue

Belgium, France, 2016
Drama

Synopsis

The story of a female medical doctor who sets out to find the identity of an unknown young woman who died after she was refused surgery.

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The Unknown Girl Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
These tight-knit filmmakers have run the risk, like many contemporary auteurs reliant on the festival and arthouse circuit, of making their style and subject into a rigid template that gets exactly repeated every time … or else their ‘signature’ will be neither recognised nor honoured. Where the disappointing Two Days, One Night showed the brothers in a trough – if not on a treadmill – The Unknown Girl re-finds their inspiration, in a firm meshing of narrative moves with ethical questions.
December 22, 2017
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What’s surprising about the movie isn’t at all its overall contour, which, in its clearest description, sounds like a near-stereotype of independent, low-budget, social-issue dramas. Rather, what lends the movie its vast scope and its deep resonance is the exquisite and tragic psychological insight on which it runs and the brilliant simplicity with which the Dardenne brothers realize it.
September 09, 2017
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The main character has been deemed an unconvincing and unmotivated detective. In fact, like all of the Dardennes’ most compelling heroes… Haenel’s Dr. Jenny is first and foremost an object of physicalfascination, conventions be damned. Bodies “react before they speak,” the directors told me—a fitting description of their film style, generally, and of The Unknown Girl, specifically.
September 06, 2017
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