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Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000)
"Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages" (original title)

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Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges, who's away covering the war in Kosovo. Angry, he throws a bag of half-eaten pastry into ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anne Laurent
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Georges
Josef Bierbichler ...
The Farmer (as Sepp Bierbichler)
Alexandre Hamidi ...
Jean
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ...
Aminate
Ona Lu Yenke ...
Amadou
Djibril Kouyaté ...
The Father
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Maria
Crenguta Hariton ...
Irina (as Crenguta Hariton Stoica)
Bob Nicolescu ...
Dragos
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Pierre
Paulus Manker ...
Perrin
Didier Flamand ...
The Director
Walid Afkir ...
The Young Arab (as Walide Afkir)
Maurice Bénichou ...
The Old Arab
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Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges, who's away covering the war in Kosovo. Angry, he throws a bag of half-eaten pastry into a beggar's lap. Amadou, a young Franco-African, berates him. The police arrive, arrest Amadou and deport the beggar. Georges's girlfriend Anne is upset; it colors her relationship with Georges when he returns from the war. Separate lives intersect for the one moment, around the pastry bag, and all are altered. We follow each as repercussions of the incident play out. Deaf children bookend the film pantomiming words, feelings, and situations: what they are expressing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The first scene of the film (following the last opening credit) is a single shot lasting over seven minutes. See more »

Quotes

Anne Laurent: Why didn't you call me?
Jean: I got the answer-phone.
Anne Laurent: Sorry.
Jean: I need a place.
Anne Laurent: Sorry?
Jean: Here in Paris.
Anne Laurent: How come?
Jean: I fucked off.
Anne Laurent: You did?
Jean: I can't stand him.
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A film for the end of days and, seemingly, every day before
1 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Strange. I saw within 24 hours one of the biggest frauds I've seen (the despicable 'Crash') and one of the best films, 'Code Unknown'. Both pictures examine preconception (be it racism, xenophobia, or like societal concerns) but only 'Code Unknown' allows characters to live in the rhythm and cadence of ordinary life as so many of us recognize it.

The picture concerns the being of about 7 characters, typically catching those involved at times that aren't necessarily, at least apparently, advancing to a conventional plot. Scenes often begin in their ostensible middle, characters are caught mid-sentence; this technique breathes a sense of organic freedom into the people we are watching, a technique that director Michael Haneke frequently uses to capture the reality of people as they simply exist. Here, the nature of connection is examined through the complex means of allowing the audience's preconceptions, as well as some (certainly not all) of the characters, to add meaning and gravity to what we see.

I loved this movie; seldom do I feel privileged to be able to engage in the lives of those on screen. The experience of watching 'Code Unknown' is akin to putting in earplugs and watching random people interact: after some time, the interactions of those we see become our own personal narrative, meaningful to us alone. While this film has its meaning, it also understands that the viewer's thoughts and feelings are just as relevant to the process as the film crew's. To put it another way, 'Crash' would have been a miserable failure of a movie even if I hadn't seen it. 'Code Unknown' seems to come into being as its being watched, an experience between the filmmakers and the viewers. Michael Haneke could make 10,000 more movies and it wouldn't seem enough.


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