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1h 42min
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Synopsis:
Jenny Davin (Adele Haenel) is a young doctor who receives a late night call at the door of her practice after hours and decides to ignore it. The next morning she learns that the caller was a girl who has been found dead and that the police have no way to identify her. Shocked and guilt-stricken by the news, Jenny resolves to discover the name of the young girl so that she will not be buried anonymously. Playing intelligently with the traits of traditional detective dramas, 'The Unknown Girl' is another characteristically engaging social commentary from the Dardenne brothers - a morally astute and compelling investigation of personal responsibility, justice and guilt.
Actors:
, , , Louka Minnella, , Nadège Ouedraogo, , Pierre Sumkay, Yves Larec, , , , , , , , Sabri Ben Moussa, , Ange-Déborah Goulehi,
Directors:
,
Producers:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
Voiced By:
Adrienne D'Anna, Aurélie Sparmont
Writers:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Aka:
La fille inconnue
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/02/2017
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/02/2017
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (8) of The Unknown Girl

A Slice of Life Character Film - The Unknown Girl review by RC

Spoiler Alert
14/12/2018

The Dardennes brothers (who directed) are a bit like a French (or Belgian) Mike Leigh with a touch of the unexpected. Films that observe their characters and let us feel with them in the situation shown. The Unknown Girl is a fine example as the doctor mixes her feelings about leaving her socially responsible post as doctor in a poor area for a flash new clinic with her feelings about an unknown girl who gets murdered more or less on her surgery doorstep. Guilt drives her to investigate and we are taken along for the ride.

Finely acted, especially by Adèle Haenel as the young doctor and Louka Minnella as the boy Bryan who may or may not have something to tell.

It was good enough that we felt the need to watch it twice to pick up on some of the nuances.

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I was transfixed by this film. - The Unknown Girl review by DW

Spoiler Alert
16/02/2020

Faultless acting, inspired direction. I've just watched a "This is how it's done" Masterclass.

A simple story line gave a range of actors a chance to show us the true realism of a slice of modern life: they didn't pass up the opportunity to raise the bar. British film makers, by comparison, are light years away from getting close to entertainment of this quality.

(How I wish UK doctors were as committed to patient well being as was depicted here).

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The Doctor's Dilemma. - The Unknown Girl review by NC

Spoiler Alert
09/04/2019

The only other Brothers Dardenne film I'd seen prior to this was 'Two Days, One Night'. In it a company gives its workers a stark choice of a bonus, or one less colleague. Marion Cotillard finds herself wandering around town, knocking on doors, asking people to think of her in the upcoming vote.

'The Unknown Girl' is another film to prick the social conscience, and it also presents a young woman on a quest. Young Dr. Jenny Davin needs to atone for a random, momentary act of negligence, setting the tone for a downbeat but valid take on how we treat one another. She is cool and efficient at work, and conducts her search for the identity of a girl who has been found dead, in the same emotionally detached manner.

The disclosure is all a bit pat, and stretches credulity. Patience is stretched too, as there are numerous pregnant pauses, presumably intended as dramatic realism, but playing a part only in twitching a finger on the fast-forward button.

As the overworked, conscientious Dr. Davin, unable to forgive herself for one slip, Adele Haenel is exceptional. Utterly convincing scenes in the surgery and on her rounds give a compelling documentary view of a life asked to do too much. She simply hasn't any time for happiness.

In a world where money is all that matters, where looking after number one comes first and last, and consideration of another individual counts for nothing, the Brothers Dardenne are clearly on the side of the Angels. Their films are unlikely to change the catastrophic course humanity has taken, nevertheless all power to their elbows.

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