Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys
2000, Drama, 1h 58m51 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys
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.
This film, from Austrian director Michael Haneke, is one of the most uncompromisingly difficult and challenging of the year.
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, 2015An intriguing experiment that is sadly too bleak and dull to retain interest.Marcus W Super Reviewer
Jun 11, 2014An 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, 2010a 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 interestingscott g Super Reviewer
Jun 02, 2010A 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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