Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. They need money, and a permanent resident status. Claudy is a junkie - he needs... See full summary »
Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.
Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.
The efficient Dr. Jenny Davin works hard and has been chosen to replace Dr. Habran, who has just retired, at the Kennedy Hospital. One night, someone rings the bell of her office after-hours and Dr. Davin asks her trainee Julien to not open the door since does not to seem an emergency. On the next morning, Police Inspectors Ben Mahmoud and Bercaro require her surveillance tape since a teenager was found dead on the other side of the road and they are investigating what happened. Jenny feels guilty for not opening the door and becomes obsessed to find the teenager's identity. Her investigation affects her relationship with patients that might know something about the unknown girl.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is my favorite film of the Dardenne Brothers since their wonderful, but perhaps excessively dark "Lorna's Silence". The two films between that one and this, "The Kid on the Bike" and "Two Days, One Night" had seen the understatedly humanist autuers hovering towards Hollywood level uplift.
"The Unknown Girl" does not totally reverse that course. Indeed, I think it ties the narrative threads together a tad too tightly at the end. But this is a powerful plea for acknowledgement for anonymous immigrants to western Europe. Adele Haenel gives a beautifully subtle, gentle performance.
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