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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Unknown Girl’

18 May 2016 4:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s very best films, you know exactly what you’re getting — until the quiet dramatic pivot that gently ensures you don’t. In “The Unknown Girl,” only the first half of that assessment is true, though what we get is largely exemplary: a simple but urgent objective threaded with needling observations of social imbalance, a camera that gazes with steady intent into story-bearing faces, and an especially riveting example of one in their gifted, toughly tranquil leading lady Adèle Haenel. What’s missing, however, from this stoically humane procedural tale of a guilt-racked Gp investigating a nameless passer-by’s passing, is any great sense of narrative or emotional surprise: It’s a film that skilfully makes us feel precisely what we expect to feel from moment to moment, up to and including the long-forestalled waterworks. Though it will receive the broad distribution practically guaranteed »

- Guy Lodge

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The Unknown Girl review – a marginal, passionless offering from the Dardennes brothers

18 May 2016 3:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The double-Palme-winners’ latest is a study of a guilt-stricken doctor digging up information about a dead immigrant, but it lacks the Dardennes’ usual brilliance

The Dardenne brothers are double-Palme winners at Cannes, justly renowned for their moving and socially acute realist dramas. Everything they do has to be of interest, and their latest work here, The Unknown Girl, has moments of insight, flashes of perception. But it is not their best work, and very far from the heights achieved in 2014 with their blistering workplace picture Two Days, One Night. The Unknown Woman is an odd, dramatically stilted and passionless quasi-procedural concerning a mysterious death; it depends on a series of unconvincing, and in fact borderline-preposterous, encounters and features a bafflingly inert performance from Adèle Haenel, whose usual spark appears to have been doused by self-consciousness.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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