The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) Reviews

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April 3, 2019
The Unknown Girl sporadically threatens to burst into life and become riveting, though it seems content to chug along as a classy and mildly diverting mystery.
February 21, 2019
In the case of The Unknown Girl, it's as if we're interning for Dr. Jenny Davin.
February 15, 2019
It's a very good film, but it is challenging, with a slant toward pessimism that may make it a bit harder to warm up to than The Kid With a Bike or Two Days, One Night.
December 27, 2018
The Unknown Girl is both one of [the Dardennes'] most nihilistic and hopeful efforts.
November 24, 2018
If this is a "minor" Dardennes film, which was the critical reception coming from Cannes in 2016, it is nonetheless a masterful piece of art. If only all filmmakers could produce "minor" works like this one.
November 19, 2018
Shot in bleached-out blues and greys in an overcast, sombre landscape that never seems to lighten, the tone is melancholy, low key yet also as suspenseful and compelling as a whodunnit.
October 29, 2018
I'm sure there's a Christian allegory that I'm missing here, but a blandly sturdy, stutter-stop drama is a blandly sturdy, stutter-stop drama in any denomination.
August 20, 2018
To dismiss it as merely conventional would be wrongheaded; it's a deeply felt and nuanced drama fueled by subtle acts of empathy.
August 6, 2018
it's a portrayal of guilt, shame, and deliverance as rich and memorable as any I've seen.
January 29, 2018
Stylistically The Unknown Girl follows the Dardennean style manual... [Full review in Spanish]
December 27, 2017
Oddly, this realism heightens the suspense. Because "Unknown Girl" doesn't feel like a movie, the peril that Davin faces as she pokes around into the girl's death feels that much more genuine.
December 16, 2017
I... appreciate how her journey is initially driven by guilt but ends up powered by compassion and a sense of responsibility
November 4, 2017
It's not a good [mystery] per se, but it's almost what you'd expect from the brothers handling genre material.
October 4, 2017
The kind of picture you see, are momentarily changed by and then try but fail to encapsulate later with a friend over coffee.
September 29, 2017
Buoyed by a quietly intense performance by Haenel, The Unknown Girl delivers a clear-eyed and gut-wrenching look inside the lives of Europe's downtrodden, whose problems are bigger than one well-meaning doctor can fix.
September 28, 2017
The Dardennes do what they do best: following the characters around, leaving us to figure out the connections.
September 28, 2017
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 22, 2017
Jenny's search is a quest for atonement, not only for herself, but also for others. A physician of the body, she becomes a kind of physician of the soul, her clinic office a secular confessional, sealed by her ethic of doctor-patient confidentiality.
September 14, 2017
"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 8, 2017
... a powerful and perceptive character study about obsession, guilt and socioeconomic despair.
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