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The Woman in the Fifth (2011)

La femme du Vème (original title)
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A college lecturer flees to Paris after a scandal costs him his job. In the City of Light, he meets a widow who might be involved in a series of murders.

Director:

Pawel Pawlikowski

Writers:

Douglas Kennedy (novel), Pawel Pawlikowski (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Tom Ricks
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Margit
Joanna Kulig ... Ania
Samir Guesmi ... Sezer
Delphine Chuillot Delphine Chuillot ... Nathalie
Julie Papillon Julie Papillon ... Chloé
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ... Laurent
Mamadou Minte Mamadou Minte ... Omar
Mohamed Aroussi Mohamed Aroussi ... Moussa
Jean-Louis Cassarino Jean-Louis Cassarino ... Dumont
Judith Burnett Judith Burnett ... Lorraine L'herbert
Marcela Iacub Marcela Iacub ... Isabella
Wilfred Benaïche Wilfred Benaïche ... Lieutenand Coutard
Pierre Marcoux Pierre Marcoux ... Lawyer
Rosine Favey Rosine Favey ... Lawyer's Translator
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Storyline

American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don't go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. Their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events... as if an obscure power was taking control of his life. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some sexual content, language and violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Poland | UK

Language:

English | French | Polish

Release Date:

16 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,011, 17 June 2012

Gross USA:

$112,498
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

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Tomaszów
Written by Julian Tuwim
Performed by Ewa Demarczyk
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mesmerizing
17 July 2012 | by demma52-425-395674See all my reviews

A mesmerizing, haunting mystery thriller that requires a substantial 'suspension of disbelief' to truly appreciate it, because it leaves many loose ends and unanswered questions. But I was hooked right from the beginning all the way to its evocative, elusive, deeply mysterious denouement, which has left so many other viewers unsatisfied. The film is really a character study of the deterioration of a complex, sensitive man thrown into impossible situations, and Ethan Hawke turns in a performance of great subtly and visible anguish. As the New York Times reviewer said, "It doesn't have the kind of payoff that details who did what and why, which is a problem only if you demand tidy endings." Or as another reviewer at IMDb has recently posted, and I paraphrase, 'Do you want Mark Walberg and a trash talking teddy bear? Or do you want something that requires the viewer to engage both mind and soul?" The Woman in the Fifth is the latter, beautifully done.


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