The Woman in the Fifth Reviews
In the movie, Ethan Hawke stars as Tom Ricks, an American novelist who may as well be the living embodiment of a person down on their luck. Though supposedly recovered from a mental illness that took away the stability of the last few years, he's otherwise psychologically floating and severely depressed. When we first meet him, he's just moved to Paris to be closer to his ex-wife (Delphine Chuillot), who despises him, and their elementary-aged daughter, who's in the dark regarding why she hasn't seen her father in so long. The jump to France is his only hope to reconnect with the family he's lost touch with, but days into his stay does he find that not a fragment of hope lingers in the air.
Broke and desperate, he takes a night guard job at a seedy hostel, which pays decently for an occupation that requires him to do so little. It's ideal for a man of his caliber (his only task is to push a button to let people through one of the building's covert entrances), and the possibility of having ample time to write could potentially help him piece his life back together.
But things begin taking bizarre - and growingly unsettling - turns when he starts having an affair with an elegant widow (Kristin Scott Thomas). Only willing to meet at five pm twice a week in her chic apartment, with no questions to be asked about her personal life, the woman gives as much new meaning to Tom's existence as it brings inexplicable tragedy. Whether she's a figment of his imagination seems highly likely - her manner of speech, her enigmatic actions, seem staged, planned - but to declare if such a conclusion is based in fact would spoil the fun of "The Woman in the Fifth."
Or maybe it wouldn't, since the film is decidedly lacking in charge and is cryptic to the point of being baffling. Though Hawke's performance is skillful, delicately sympathetic and noticeably affected by something unknown, little else about the film is as easy to grasp as what Tom might be feeling at this particularly hard time in his life. The titular force of glamour is sketched too thinly to provide any sort of emotional attachment (but the lithe Scott Thomas is a sensation no matter the role), and the movie's storyline, either characterized as a character study or a horror film (?), is always swimming, never to be made compelling.
Obvious is Pawlikowski's dedication to earlier pictures immersed in their focusing on a character's going insane - we can see shades of "Repulsion" and "Hour of the Wolf" here, however watered down they are - but he's too reliant on understated metaphors, on unseeable hidden meanings, to inspire any kind of reaction from even the most dedicated of a viewer. Its eighty minutes drag until we've concluded that it claws its way to the finish line rather than passing an interesting breaking point.
With original and tense cinematography and a good dose of unpredictability and off beat story telling, The Woman in the Fifth is an entertaining and memorable film.
Ethan Hawke gives a totally different performance..he totally changed his style to fit this sort of weird role
Ethan Hawke was ok, but I felt like I have seen him play this kind of role before. He didn't bring anything new here. Maybe another actor in that role could have done more with it. Kristin Scott Thomas is great here. She is kind of like the femme fatale. She does have a good on screen chemistry with Hawke.
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Its mystery really, there are many events to take into consideration & really no single view that will explain the whole thing completely
It maybe that this Margit lady is infact a ghost or a demon thats taking over mister Toms life & the only way he could stop her from causing more harm to the people in his life is to "Stay with her" !
Or -and I'm more with this explanation- that Mister Tom over here is actually still sick -as he says himself- and he killed the man, He took Cloe & he Imagines Margit and the final scene is actually him Dying !
The Problem with the first explanation is that GHOSTS DON"T EXIST (but thats more a personal belief of mine & not necessarily one of the film makers :D)
While the problem with the second explanation is the Logistics, how does he access the apartment?, how did he know the name?
I'll never know really not until many friends have seen it & many discussions have been conducted I could reach a verdict that am comfortable with.
The music score for the movie was Sensational & worked perfectly with the overall mood