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Code Unknown (2000)

Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 30 November 2001 (USA)
A young man harasses a homeless woman, another man protests, the police arrest both and the woman has to leave the country. What were their various story-lines leading up to this event?


Michael Haneke


Michael Haneke
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Anne Laurent
Thierry Neuvic ... Georges
Josef Bierbichler ... The Farmer (as Sepp Bierbichler)
Alexandre Hamidi Alexandre Hamidi ... Jean
Maimouna Hélène Diarra Maimouna Hélène Diarra ... Aminate (as Helene Diarra)
Ona Lu Yenke Ona Lu Yenke ... Amadou
Djibril Kouyaté Djibril Kouyaté ... The Father
Luminita Gheorghiu ... Maria
Crenguta Hariton Crenguta Hariton ... Irina (as Crenguta Hariton Stoica)
Bob Nicolescu Bob Nicolescu ... Dragos
Bruno Todeschini ... Pierre
Paulus Manker ... Perrin
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... The Director
Walid Afkir Walid Afkir ... The Young Arab (as Walide Afkir)
Maurice Bénichou ... The Old Arab


Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges, who's away covering the war in Kosovo. Angry, he throws a bag of half-eaten pastry into a beggar's lap. Amadou, a young Franco-African, berates him. The police arrive, arrest Amadou and deport the beggar. Georges's girlfriend Anne is upset; it colors her relationship with Georges when he returns from the war. Separate lives intersect for the one moment, around the pastry bag, and all are altered. We follow each as repercussions of the incident play out. Deaf children bookend the film pantomiming words, feelings, and situations: what they are expressing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Anne Laurent: Why didn't you call me?
Jean: I got the answer-phone.
Anne Laurent: Sorry.
Jean: I need a place.
Anne Laurent: Sorry?
Jean: Here in Paris.
Anne Laurent: How come?
Jean: I fucked off.
Anne Laurent: You did?
Jean: I can't stand him.
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Referenced in Absolument cinéma: Juliette Binoche (2000) See more »

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Multi- cultural dilemmas that exist everywhere
2 December 2001 | by ChungwaiSee all my reviews

"Code Unknown" is truly an excellent portrayal of the never- ending multi- cultural dilemmas within a "modern" society. It is a topic that we all have to face everyday. It has become part of our lives and for most of us, we have gotten used to it, to accept it as is. I strongly recommend everyone to spend 2 hours to see what we really are going through in our society, and an issue that we think we are solving yet deep down we are ignoring it for all sorts of selfish reasons. The message in this movie has also aroused us that our younger generations are also making the same racial mistakes that we, the so- called "older generation", have all seen and some might have had already experienced not once, but several times. The unique way of editing in this film works perfectly with the story because I was very disturbed by the elongated black outs between scenes; however, the more I felt disturbed, the more I felt as if I was one of the characters, sharing their emotions and their confusions. The timing of the black outs was also a superb and fresh way to reflect a continuation of the situations in the most cleverly subtle alternative. What we see on the silver screen is actually a mirage of our reality. Instead of telling us to our face that we are having problems, it simply shows us what we are doing everyday. It is that simple.

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