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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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Irena's lover
Paolo Elmo ...
Nello
Simona Nobili ...
Policewoman
Elisa Morucci ...
Waitress
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Secretary
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Magistrate
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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) (4 April 2008)

Gross:

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

The film received a small release in Los Angeles in late 2007 in order to qualify for the 80th Annual Academy Awards (it was eligible in all categories, including Best Foreign Language Film). However it didn't get a wide US release until the following year. See more »

Connections

References Oliver Twist (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Donna non vidi mai
from "Manon Lescaut"
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica, Marco Praga and Domenico Oliva
Courtesy of Ricordi Music Publishing
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15 April 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Unknown Woman" is such an intense film that don't even think about "having a good time" while going to see it. "Cinema Paradiso" shouldn't be your reference for this "dark" Tornatore film. This is not for having a good time! This is for witnessing the lives that you can hardly think someone lived. This is feeling the pain of injustice in your veins. This is feeling shame that you live in such a world and can't and won't be able to do anything to change it. This is heart breaking! This is being absorbed by a touching story that is beautifully told. This is what cinema is for. One can only say,"Bravo Tornatore"!


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