The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) Reviews

September 29, 2017
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 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 21, 2017
[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 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
Every Dardennes movie is worth seeing, and The Unknown Girl has all kinds of gripping undercurrents.
September 8, 2017
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.
Top Critic
September 8, 2017
The story is gripping, with a steady drip-drip of twists and turns as a town's familiar buried secrets find their way to daylight.
September 7, 2017
Shot with unassuming lyricism and an eye for everyday detail and full of modest, eloquent performances.
Top Critic
September 6, 2017
In The Unknown Girl, the brothers' durably direct technique shines, even when their storytelling doesn't.
September 5, 2017
As we watch Haenel ... stride through these overdetermined scenes, clutching a medical bag to her side, we are reminded that even the most timeworn of conventions can be made electric and alive.
September 5, 2017
One of the strangest aspects of [the Dardennes'] work is their combination of sweeping plot twists and endings that leave the door open to both hopeful and hopeless futures.
September 4, 2017
You think afresh of the film's title and wonder, Who is more unknown here, the nameless victim or the inscrutable doctor?
December 2, 2016
Has its moments, but this time the magic doesn't quite happen.
December 2, 2016
The doctor's investigation leads to an exploration of the collective burden of guilt in the run-down town of Lige, but the film is rather dull.
May 22, 2016
Haenel brings impressive intensity to her role but the film seems to issue from the distinctively stylised world of the Dardenne brothers, rather than reality.
May 20, 2016
Lacks the clarity and parable-like meaning of the brothers' best films.
May 19, 2016
An admirably humanistic outlook, to be sure, but the Dardennes usually demonstrate a lighter touch with their grace.
May 18, 2016
Not an outstanding entry in the Dardennes' body of work, but poignant and very much worthwhile.
Top Critic
May 18, 2016
It's a film that skilfully makes us feel precisely what we expect to feel from moment to moment, up to and including the long-forestalled waterworks.
May 18, 2016
Everyone who cares about the Dardenne brothers and what they have achieved in the movies will want to see this and make their own mind up. Even their missteps are interesting.