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Jean-Pierre Dardenne (screenplay)
Luc Dardenne (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 October 2016 (Belgium) See more »
A woman gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adèle Haenel ... Jenny Davin
Olivier Bonnaud ... Julien

Jérémie Renier ... Le père de Bryan
Louka Minnella ... Bryan
Christelle Cornil ... La mère de Bryan
Nadège Ouedraogo ... La caissière du cybercafé

Olivier Gourmet ... Le fils Lambert
Pierre Sumkay ... Le père Lambert
Yves Larec ... Le docteur Habran
Ben Hamidou ... L'inspecteur Ben Mahmoud
Laurent Caron ... L'inspecteur Bercaro

Fabrizio Rongione ... Le docteur Riga
Jean-Michel Balthazar ... Le patient diabétique

Thomas Doret ... Lucas

Marc Zinga ... Le proxénète
Morgan Marinne ... Le grutier du chantier
Sabri Ben Moussa ... Le petit Ilyas
Hassaba Halibi ... La mère d'Ilyas (as Hassiba Halabi)
Ange-Déborah Goulehi ... La fille inconnue
Philippe Jeusette ... L'employé du cimetière
Kamil Alisultanov ... Le patient blessé à la jambe
Timur Magomedgadzhiev ... L'ami de l'homme blessé à la jambe
Françoise Oriane ... La patiente au petit chien
Yoann Zimmer ... Le patient violent
Eva Zingaro ... L'amie du patient violent
Franck Laisné ... L'ouvrier du chantier
André Gotti ... Le premier patient
Fiona Willemaers ... La mère du bébé malade
Lionel Jacquet ... Le père du bébé malade
Pietro Cadet ... Le bébé malade
Lara Persain ... La mère de Lucas
Alain Eloy ... Le père de Lucas
Christophe Querelle ... L'ami de Lucas
Batiste Sornin ... L'éducateur
Marie-France Granier ... La grand-mère de Julien
Myriem Akheddiou ... La collaboratrice du Dr Riga
Nathan Fourquet-Dubart ... Le collaborateur du Dr Riga
Martin Querinjean ... L'ami de Bryan
Valentine Colomb ... La soeur de Bryan
Julie Verbruggen ... L'infirmière du home
Mireille Bailly ... La réceptionniste du home
Elsa Ilari ... La patiente au panettone
Ahmed Aoued ... Le patient de la salle d'attente
Vania Hirsch ... La dernière patiente
Stephen Vandersmissen ... Le comparse du proxénète
Maka Magomedgadzhieva ... La cliente du cybercafé
Nadia Gangji ... L'infimière du Dr Habran
Marie-Noëlle Doutreluigne ... Une patiente
Adrienne D'Anna ... Voix de l'assistante du Dr Claessens (voice)
Aurélie Sparmont ... Voix de la patiente toxicomane (voice)
Gianni La Rocca ... (scenes deleted)
Déborah Marchal ... (scenes deleted)
Maryse Lambert ... (scenes deleted)
Delphine De Baere ... (scenes deleted)
Thibault Leyens ... (scenes deleted)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Dardenne 
Luc Dardenne 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Dardenne  screenplay
Luc Dardenne  screenplay

Produced by
Peter Bouckaert .... co-producer
Jean-Pierre Dardenne .... producer
Luc Dardenne .... producer
Denis Freyd .... producer
Tatjana Kozar .... production company
Philippe Logie .... associate producer
Delphine Tomson .... executive producer
Bart Van Langendonck .... co-producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Alain Marcoen 
Film Editing by
Marie-Hélène Dozo 
Production Design by
Igor Gabriel 
Set Decoration by
Amanda Petrella 
Costume Design by
Maïra Ramedhan Levi 
Makeup Department
Nathalie Tabareau .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Olivier Abrassart .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Dardenne .... second assistant director
Caroline Tambour .... first assistant director
Art Department
Julien Denis .... Régisseur d'extérieur
Sound Department
Benoit De Clerck .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound
Philippe Fontaine .... additional sound recordist
Thomas Gauder .... re-recording mixer
David Gerain .... sound recordist
Simon Jamart .... sound recordist
Valène Leroy .... dialogue editor
Julien Martin .... foley and adr recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Renaud Anciaux .... key grip
Gabriel Bertrand .... electrician
Pierre Choqueux .... second assistant camera
Amaury Duquenne .... assistant camera
Martin Frippiat .... third assistant
Julia Kundler .... electrician
Balthazar Lab .... extra camera
Lara Laigneau .... electrician
Nicolas Lemoine .... additional grip
Guenael Pinson .... grip
David Rouxhet .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlotte De Gottal .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Raphaëlle Dufosset .... colorist
Tristan Meunier .... first assistant editor
Jeremie Oukrat .... dailies manager
Jacob Rogers .... post-production assistant
Alexis Roposte .... sales manager: Eclair
Transportation Department
Philippe Bonsang .... picture car

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Also Known As:
"La fille inconnue" - Belgium (original title)
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113 min | 106 min (re-edit)
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Adèle Haenel has been a fan of Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne for a long time, citing La Promesse (1996) and The Son (2002) as her favorite among their works.See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
About moral character, accountability, and spiritual redemption, 4 October 2016
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

While The Unknown Girl, the latest film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne ("Two Days, One Night"), is suggestive of social and political issues such as immigration, unemployment, and economic imbalance, its main concern is with moral character, accountability, and spiritual redemption. Like many other films of the Dardenne Brothers, it is simple, natural, and direct, without using a musical background or resorting to sentimentality. Consistent with recent exceptional performances from established actresses such as Cecile de France in The Kid With a Bike and Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night, Adele Haenel ("Love at First Flight") is transfixing as Dr. Jenny Davin, a young general practitioner in Saraing, Belgium whose quiet strength, professionalism, and fierce determination dominate the film and make it a worthy addition to the two-time Palme d'Or winners' oeuvre.

Shot by cinematographer Alain Marcoen ("Two Days, One Night"), the film begins at a small clinic where Jenny has been filling in for the retiring Dr. Habran (Yves Larec) but must soon decide whether to accept a more lucrative position out of town. When a young boy has convulsions, Jenny deal with it promptly but later calls out her intern,, Julien (Olivier Bonnaud) for letting his emotions get the better of him, a dressing down that causes him to rethink whether or not he wants to be a doctor, though she later confesses to him that she was being high-handed. Her next admonition to Julien, however, has much more serious consequences.

When they hear an after-hours buzzing on the intercom, she instructs him to ignore it, telling the young intern that he cannot let patients rule him. When a young African woman is found dead on the opposite side of the freeway by the river Meuse, however, Jenny is riddled with guilt. It is soon clear that the deceased woman was the same person who knocked on their door late at night, yet without any identification papers, discovering her identity and the cause of her death is a challenge which becomes the central focus of the film. Though it deals with a possible criminal investigation, it is less of a "whodunit" than an exploration of the many ways in which people deal with feelings of guilt.

Realizing that if she had answered the ring, the young woman might still be alive, Jenny takes it upon herself to conduct a solo investigation. Hoping to discover the victim's name and find anyone who knew her in order to give her a proper burial, Jenny walks around the town, talking to adults and children who may have seen the woman, showing them her photo and reassuring them that any information they provide will be held in confidence. Though most are in denial and refuse to cooperate, Jenny is able to pick up important signals, especially in an interview with a teenager (Louka Minneli) when his accelerated pulse rate indicates that he may not be telling the truth.

The Unknown Girl is mostly muted with little variation in tone, but there are moments of joy when two young male patients sing a lovely song they wrote for Jenny, and when an elderly woman throws a gift of a panettone out the window into Jenny's waiting arms. It also touches on the spiritual when a man asks Jenny, "Why should I screw up my life if she's already dead?" and Jenny replies, "Because, if she were dead, she wouldn't be on our minds." While a too-neat resolution and a lack of the element of surprise keep the film from being in the top rank of the Dardennes' works, its message that healing can only begin when there is a willingness to communicate and to be responsible for one's actions is as good as any that have been delivered in previous films.

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