The unknown girl

The unknown girl

DVD - 2017 | French
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One evening after work hours, Jenny, a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. It's only later that she learns that the person ringing was an unidentified African woman found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought that she is to blame, Jenny embarks on an obsessive crusade to discover who the anonymous woman was and to see to it that she is not forgotten
Publisher: New York, NY : IFC Films, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Other Standard Identifier: 030306949499

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 05, 2018

A young woman doctor was obsessed to find out the identity of a girl who was killed, feeling she was partially responsible for her death. This morale drama from France was slow - very slow - in pace. So you need a lot of patience. It is not a film you jump up to cheer about. Still, it is a decent watch if you have the time.

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ausnos
Jul 28, 2018

Too slow and boring for me to care about the characters, and the story. I turned it off early.

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CaptainHecto
Jun 12, 2018

Shot in Seraing, the gritty suburb where the Dardenne brothers grew up, this is a story of guilt: how it can make us obsessed, how it eats us up, how it can only be assuaged by 'confession' and doing the right thing. Adèle Haenel is beyond praise as the dedicated young doctor who seeks the identity of a young prostitute who is found dead after she wasn't let into the clinic. Her relentless search brings forth anger and guilt from others involved in the girl's death, one of whom, played by Jérémie Renier, provides a superbly acted admission of guilt. Shot in the Dardennes' naturalistic style, with their trademark 'abrupt' editing, it is a fine film - though not, I think, on a par with their best (La Promesse, Rosetta, Le Fils, Le silence de Lorna). That said, it is still well worth seeing - and you are not going to forget Adèle Haenel.

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2018

A French social drama when a MD from a neighborhood clinic was haunted by the death of a young "Jane Doe" and doggedly played sleuth to find her identity. A film with interesting premise on indifference and guilt though with exaggerated suspense through action rather than plot. Quote: "If she was dead, she wouldn't be in our heads."

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jeffn
Mar 26, 2018

A low key, who done-it, set in another country with spotty socialized medicine i.e. France. An interesting dynamic between the young female doctor and her patients who appear at least on the surface, to give her a certain respect most of us accord towards medical professionals. Her profession and experience gives her a superficial confidence that makes it seem reasonable to put her in some potentially dangerous situations while on her 'quest'. I watched this one straight through with nearly no sound, and English subtitles (while others slept,) which says a lot given it can be rather slow at times. The story sequencing is refreshingly realistic - and thus believable. Yeah, there was a bit of a red herring towards resolution, and not all subplots were tied up neatly. If you just gotta have that heart pounding Hollywood experience, with its happy ending, token or worse make-out scenes, and clean resolution, look elsewhere... Otherwise, this one's a gem.

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 23, 2017

This newest film of the great Dardenne brothers does not meet the heights of such great Cannes festival winners as "Rosetta," "L'Enfant," and "The Kid with a Bike," but is still quite good. It deals with a doctor that deals with a slight failing on her part that leads to the death of a young girl. In her attempts at redemption, she meets characters that are also in need of reveasing heavy burdens on their conscience.

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ralwal
Dec 18, 2017

It was so slow getting going, we gave up.

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2018

Spoiler Alert ... Spoiler Alert ... Spoiler Alert ... Spoiler Alert ... :

You need to tell the police the truth.
-No... I can't. I can't. Everyone will know. I'll lose my job. I'll go to jail. I'll lose everything. I don't want to. Xxyyzz and I want to make a fresh start. I can't, I can't... Why would I ruin my life?
- Because she's asking us to.
Who?
-The girl.
She doesn't care, she's dead.
-If she was dead, she wouldn't be in our heads.

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