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In Paris, one incident is seen through the eyes of several people -- Anne (Juliette Binoche), a stressed actress thirsty for success; her boyfriend Georges (Thierry Neuvic), who is a photographer; Romanian immigrant Maria (Luminita Gheorghiu), who is not legally allowed to work in France and Amadou, (Ona Lu Yenke), a caring teacher who is sympathetic to marginalized people. All become swept up in racial tensions and legal issues that stem from a single, careless act of littering.

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Critic Reviews for Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (13)

  • 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.

    August 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A searing, structurally ingenious look at racial tension on the streets of Paris.

    August 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This film, from Austrian director Michael Haneke, is one of the most uncompromisingly difficult and challenging of the year.

    August 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • [Haneke's] socio-political condemnations assume an aggressively hectoring tone.

    September 7, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys

  • Aug 07, 2015
    An intriguing experiment that is sadly too bleak and dull to retain interest.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2014
    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).
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2010
    a michael haneke film, before his funny games, juliet binoche is a good watch as we watch her deal with various things in her life, as we begin with her encounter with 2 other people, we then follow the three, admittinly one isnt seen much while other is interesting, its binoches story whisch is draw, there are some good dramatic moments and keeps story interesting
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2010
    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.
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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