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Code Unknown (2000)

Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 November 2000 (France)
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?

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Michael Haneke

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Michael Haneke

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Love has a language all its own

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Release Date:

15 November 2000 (France) See more »

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$95,242
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Haneke began the project when Juliette Binoche wrote to him expressing an interest in working with him. See more »

Quotes

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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Be prepared to be confused
13 May 2001 | by keithaitchSee all my reviews

This is not a conventional film in the sense that the narrative is not complete. The myriad, unconnected short scenes from the lives of various characters that are presented to us have no beginning and no resolution. We come away having gained an insight into the lives of the various people we have seen, but wanting to know more about all of them. This makes for an incomplete experience, and if that is what you want or need then this is not a film for you. If on the other hand, a glimpse into the lives of people so every day and matter of factly portrayed, in a film so realistically set that suspension of disbelief is never an issue then this is a film for you. I came away, emotionally drained, without having had my emotions manipulated. On reflection (I think)this is a film about how cities dehumanise us, and on how we move together without connecting or communicating.


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