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The Unknown Woman (2006)
"La sconosciuta" (original title)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Nicola Di Pinto ...
Irena's lover
Paolo Elmo ...
Nello
Simona Nobili ...
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Elisa Morucci ...
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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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Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,569 (USA) (4 April 2008)

Gross:

$18,569 (USA) (4 April 2008)
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Italy's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of 'The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV)'. See more »

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References Oliver Twist (2005) See more »

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Giorgia On My Mind
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by The Band
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The Unknown
9 October 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Finally an Italian film with an international taste! No married couples going through a difficult period, no stupid pointed remarks to our painful ruling class.

The universe in which "The Unknown" takes place is, first, the shadow world of those sordid, sinister and rude men, who aren't worthy to be called human beings, who bait young girls from the East-European countries with the false promise of a good work in Italy, as waitresses, housemaids, even models. The girls' families pays a lot of money out for their daughters' travel toward the affluence, but, when the girls come to Italy, they soon find out they will never be cover beauties or salaried people: they are forced to prostitute themselves until they reach, with their work, the amount their families paid. Practically, they become slaves, continuously exposed to rapes, strokes, blackmails.

Then, "The Unknown" moves into the comfortable world of a common North Italy town. An incredibly harsh but marvelous film. At the end, I wondered: how many stories like this happen around us and we just aren't conscious.


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