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Complete Unknown (2016)

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As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame - a woman who often changes identities - reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.


Joshua Marston
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin Darke ... Holly
Rachel Weisz ... Alice Manning
Hansel Tan Hansel Tan ... Magician (as Hansel S. Tan)
FaTye FaTye ... Mike (as Gary F. Francis Jr.)
Zach Appelman ... Malcolm
Michael Shannon ... Tom
Michael Chernus ... Clyde
Azita Ghanizada ... Ramina
Omar Metwally ... Farshad
Frank De Julio ... Mark
Condola Rashad ... Sharon
Chris Lowell ... Brad
Tessa Albertson ... Tilda
Kelly AuCoin ... Dave
Kathy Bates ... Nina


This shape-shifting tale of the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention begins at a dinner party, when Tom's (Michael Shannon) co-worker arrives with an intriguing date named Alice (Rachel Weisz). Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their history. And when Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom sets off after her. What follows is an all-night odyssey shared by two people, one needing to change his life, the other questioning how to stop changing. Written by Amazon Studios

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You are who you say you are.


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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The cast includes two oscar winners: Kathy Bates and Rachel Weisz. And one oscar nominee: Michael Shannon. See more »


Performed by Miles Davis
Written by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
By Arrangement of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Good idea, but . . .
7 July 2017 | by dwankanSee all my reviews

Despite its intriguing premise, this film never really makes it. The acting, given the talent brought into it, is excellent, but the script provides nothing good for an audience to take hold of. It doesn't help that the first five minutes are so badly written/edited, you'll have no idea what's going on. The characters are intolerable people. Any other people would have said no to the invite to Tom's birthday party. They're not hateful or bad people, but they're either spineless, pretentious, or selfish, all to a degree that is utterly unlikable. Furthermore, the plot consists of mostly flat dialogue. The few moments when it feels like some real conflict is going to build, it fizzles out before it goes anywhere meaningful. Rachel Weisz does her best with the material, but by the tenth or fifteenth painfully obvious lie, it's infuriating that people believe her and that the people who know she's lying are so willing to shrug it off and continue interacting with her.

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Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,149, 28 August 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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