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The Unknown Woman (2006)

La sconosciuta (original title)
Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.

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Cast

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Irena (as Ksenia Rappoport)
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Muffa
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Valeria Adacher
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Gina
Alessandro Haber ...
Matteo
Clara Dossena ...
Tea Adacher
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Lucrezia (as Angela Molina)
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Irena's lawyer
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Donato Adacher
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Paolo Elmo ...
Nello
Simona Nobili ...
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Elisa Morucci ...
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Storyline

A Ukrainian woman named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of a young, affluent Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple's trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about the family. Like an intricately constructed jigsaw puzzle, The Unknown Woman reveals piece by piece the enigma of Irena's past. Written by Outsider Pictures

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Rated R for some disturbing violent content involving rape and torture, graphic nudity, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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20 October 2006 (Italy)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,569 (USA) (6 April 2008)

Gross:

$18,569 (USA) (6 April 2008)
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Trivia

Russian actress Kseniya Rappoport didn't speak Italian when she was cast in the leading role. She gradually learned the language in the few months of shooting. See more »

Connections

References Oliver Twist (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Perplex + Kamikaze - First Lesson
Written by Ronen Dahan and DJ Manulo
Performed by Perplex and Friends
Courtesy of Ajuca Productions Limited
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Heavily attractive!
23 October 2006 | by (Lugo, Italy) – See all my reviews

We have been waiting for Tornatore for years. But it was worthy, if this is the result! After Malena, he is returning to the highest levels of his carrier. Few movies, but most of them are unforgettable pearls! In this one, nothing is out of place and all the actors are playing at their best, with various original stories all perfectly interlacing: everything put together, this is one of the best movies ever directed by Tornatore!! Michele Placido is heavily representing the evil in this story, playing one of his most ambiguous, scaring and demonic characters of his long carrier. But everyone is completely believable in their roles and the suspense of the plot keeps you constantly concentrated until the end.


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