A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
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
The Ukranian Irena (Xenia Rappoport) arrives in the city of Velarchi,
rents an expensive but simple apartment and seeks a job as a servant in
the building in the other side of the street. Then she manages to work
for the wealthy couple of gold dealers Adacher, and occasionally
babysitting their little daughter Tea (Clara Dossena), who has a rare
neurological disease that leaves the little girl without self-defense
against any sort of aggression or accident. While working for the
family, she is haunted by recollections from her mysterious past of
prostitution and violence in Ukrania. However, her nightmares come true
when she meets her former pimp that she believed had died.
"La Sconosciuta" is a surprisingly solid and original Italian thriller,
with an engaging dramatic story disclosed like a puzzle through a
non-linear screenplay. I saw this movie on DVD with a group of friends
with low expectation and we found it so good that we never dare to stop
the film to make any comment, or drink water or go to a toilet so
absorbed we were with the story. The direction of Giuseppe Tornatore
from "Cinema Paradiso" is outstanding, with top-notch performances of
Xenia Rappoport, Clara Dossena and the cast. The resolution of the plot
is excellent and never corny. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "A Desconhecida" ("The Unknown")
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