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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

Writer:

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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France | Austria | Romania

Release Date:

15 November 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Code Unknown 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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Director Trademark(Michael Haneke): [Use of extremely long static takes ending with abrupt cuts to black between scenes]: All of major scenes follow this technique. 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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don't have the code either
12 June 2004 | by jdquinn-1See all my reviews

I tracked this one down after being impressed with Haneke's "Funny Games," and while the two films could not be farther apart in intent, both reveal a competent filmmaker of enigmatic yet fascinating films. It seems in the three years between the two films, Haneke has replaced his antagonistic/didactic antics in favor of a more personal, contemplative study of how simple actions in today's diverse culture can have far-reaching effects. "Code Unknown" is as involving visually as it is cerebrally. Apart from a few montages (comprised of photos taken by one of the film's many peripheral characters), almost every scene is composed in one long, carefully orchestrated shot. Without the distractive tendencies of editing, the viewer is promptly absorbed into each vignette, each of which is loosely related to the others by the film's first scenario. Throughout the film, complex social issues such as xenophobia, vagrancy, and familial strife are explored; however the film's effectiveness lies in its ability to portray the sense of homelessness often described as an inevitability of today's consumerist, globalist culture. Which is not to say that the film succeeds indefinitely in its grand scope. At times, the scenes seem either pointless, or pointlessly drawn out. It occasionally seems Haneke is overreaching in breadth: framing the film with deaf children signing seems somewhat pretentious, but can be forgiven when the rest of the film's minimalist formality is taken into consideration. However, an interesting analysis of the semiotics of "Code Unknown" could probably be thought out (the two meta-films, the deaf kids, the title), but that would require more than one viewing, and more tenacity than I'm sure most viewers are willing to give. Still, quite a visually stunning and at times intense film, slightly marred only by the same quality that makes it worthwhile: its refusal to adhere to accepted filmic logic.


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