The Unknown Girl

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The Unknown Girl isn't quite up to the standards of the Dardenne brothers' best work, but remains a well-acted effort that pays poignant -- albeit limited -- dividends.

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Jenny, a talented doctor, refuses to open the door of her practice to a mysterious late-night caller. The next morning, she learns that the caller was a girl who has been found dead, and the police have no way of identifying her. Shocked and guilt-stricken by the news, Jenny resolves to discover the name of the girl so she will not be buried anonymously and to ensure she doesn't disappear as if she had never lived.

Cast & Crew

Adèle Haenel
Jenny Davin
Jérémie Renier
Le père de Bryan
Christelle Cornil
La mère de Bryan
Nadège Ouedraogo
La caissière du cybercafé
Olivier Gourmet
Le fils Lambert
Pierre Sumkay
Le père Lambert
Yves Larec
Le docteur Habran
Ben Hamidou
L'inspecteur Ben Mahmoud
Luc Dardenne
Screenwriter
Delphine Tomson
Executive Producer
Alain Marcoen
Cinematographer
Marie-Hélène Dozo
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Critic Reviews for The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)

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  • The last thing one expected was for the Belgian Dardenne brothers to dote on a murder mystery, particularly one involving a medico turned amateur sleuth that's fraught with coincidence like so much of what's already out there.

    September 29, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The question that looms large here, lingering long after the closing credits, is whether, despite our human need for forgiveness, absolution is ever truly possible.

    September 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Adlle] Haenel's deadpan performance makes this a tough sell, leaving only the common mechanisms of a suspense plot to move the drama forward.

    September 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "The Unknown Girl" is an imperfect but absorbing addition to the canon, a carefully plotted thriller of conscience in which Jenny spends most of the movie patiently and persistently atoning for her mistake.

    September 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Every Dardennes movie is worth seeing, and The Unknown Girl has all kinds of gripping undercurrents.

    September 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An odd fusion of an earnest socially conscious drama and a B-movie mystery programmer that never quite comes together despite a strong performance from Adele Haenel at its center.

    September 8, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 07, 2016
    The Dardennes offer us another engaging story shot in their usual naturalistic style to show us things that happen in the lives of common people, even though this time what happens seems a bit twistier than necessary and holds a lesser impact than their best works.
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