Haunted by a horrible past, a young Ukrainian woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
21 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kseniya Rappoport ... Irena (as Ksenia Rappoport)
Michele Placido ... Muffa
Claudia Gerini ... Valeria Adacher
Piera Degli Esposti ... Gina
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Matteo
Clara Dossena Clara Dossena ... Tea Adacher
Ángela Molina ... Lucrezia (as Angela Molina)
Margherita Buy ... Avvocato Irena
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Donato Adacher
Nicola Di Pinto ... Magistrato
Paolo Elmo Paolo Elmo ... Nello
Simona Nobili Simona Nobili ... Poliziotta
Elisa Morucci Elisa Morucci ... Cameriera
Giulia Di Quilio ... Segretaria
Pino Calabrese Pino Calabrese ... Magistrato
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Storyline

A Ukrainian woman named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of a young, affluent Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple's trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about the family. Like an intricately constructed jigsaw puzzle, The Unknown Woman reveals piece by piece the enigma of Irena's past. Written by Outsider Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violent content involving rape and torture, graphic nudity, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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The film received a small release in Los Angeles in late 2007 in order to qualify for the 80th Annual Academy Awards (it was eligible in all categories, including Best Foreign Language Film). However it didn't get a wide US release until the following year. See more »

Connections

References Oliver Twist (2005) See more »

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Ninna nanna
(uncredited)
Written by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Kseniya Rappoport
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One of the best Italian movies ever
10 August 2007 | by ivemaxSee all my reviews

I rented this film without big expectations but it turned out a real surprise and I kept thinking about it for many days afterwards. Each and every actor/actress is great in their role, even the child playing Tea. The story is original, brutal and moving. The location is somewhere nowadays in northern Italy and the affluent Italian middle-class is shown as cold, busy, and not ready to easily accept and integrate foreigner workers. Irena (main character) finds her way in such complex society for a purpose not easy to guess... If you like well crafted drama with a surprising and touching end, this film is definitely for you. 10/10


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Ukrainian

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unknown Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Papigno, Terni, Umbria, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,701, 1 June 2008

Gross USA:

$152,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,881,566
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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