Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000)
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as The Farmer
as The Father
as The Director
as The Young Arab
as The Old Arab
as The Policeman
as Amadou's Friend
as Mrs. Becker
as Percussion Teacher
as David's Friend
as Restaurant Waiter
as Mihai Popa
as Girl with Blonde Hair
as Youssouf's Sister
as Man in the Garden
as Group Leader
as Father in Cemetery
as Mother in Cemetery
as Man in Squat
as Jolly Man
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Critic Reviews for Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages)
The violence, in short, remains unseen, but that makes it no easier to bear; what lurks and wails behind a wall is, for Haneke, the most reliable wellspring of dread.
A procession of long virtuoso takes that typically begin and end in the middle of actions or sentences, constituting not only an interactive jigsaw puzzle but a thrilling narrative experiment.
A searing, structurally ingenious look at racial tension on the streets of Paris.
All this unrelenting bleakness would be fine if it went someplace interesting, but the film's themes never coalesce into anything beyond basic existential angst.
Despite the film's Bressonian rigours, its emotional force should finally give the lie to Haneke's reputation as a coldly academic film-maker.
Audience Reviews for Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages)
An intelligent and post-structuralist narrative exercise that, shot in a series of single-take fragments, plays with the structural codes that form the basis of storytelling to reflect how people can't understand each other in this society with their very own signs (languages, gestures, cultures, moral values).
A strange tale, if indeed it can be called that. The subtitle, "Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys" sums it up pretty well. Juliette Binoche was lovely and carried the film. The rest was just window dressing and had no obvious connecting narrative, or meaning, beyond each individual scene. The use of jarring jump cuts from one scene to the next emphasized the discontinuity and left one somewhat bewildered as to how it all fit together. That obviously was the director's intention, but it just didn't work for this viewer. If this was supposed to spotlight the way the various characters interconnected, then it succeeded on only a most superficial level. Their lives may have intersected briefly, but one could hardly call it any more than that. Quite disappointing overall.
Very complex intertwining stories about life in modern society. Sort of like Crash, only for Adults.
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