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Miami Premiere Engagement: THE UNKNOWN GIRL by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

  • 08 Oct 2017
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SUN, OCT 08, 4p:

Miami Premiere Engagement!


Directed by JEAN-PIERRE & LUC DARDENNE/BELGIUM/2017/1hr, 57mins.

With Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier

The new film from acclaimed directors the Dardenne brothers (Two Days, One Night) is a searing saga of guilt and redemption. One evening after work hours, Jenny (Adèle Haenel), 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. Shot through with low-key suspense and the heart-stopping realism that has become the directors’ trademark, The Unknown Girl is both a gripping mystery and a profoundly human moral tale. (In French with English subtitles.)


★★★★ THE DARDENNE BROTHERS DELIVER A PERCEPTIVE PORTRAIT OF PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY UNDER PRESSURE…With fluid elegance, the Dardennes’ handheld sequence shots balance narrative tension with insight into a flawed character. Jenny is kind and capable, but also a workaholic incapable of accepting anything other than perfection…once the cast’s biggest Euro-star arrives, the odds are slashed on Jenny solving the crime. Yet Haenel justifies her buzz with a tough/tender performance that keeps the Dardennes’ remarkable run of social-realist fables on track.”-Simon Kinnear, Total Film

“In today’s uncertain cinematic world, there’s one thing you can always rely on: the Liège standard for committed indie drama set by the brothers Dardenne. Their tenth dramatic feature dials back from the broader social canvas of Two Days, One Night to focus on a young doctor’s crisis of conscience following the death of a young woman, but if the intimate frame and dour, matter-of-fact aesthetic suggest a return to the raw territory of La Promesse or The Son, what is new here is a flirtation with genre that lends an extra dose of resonance to a finely-scripted story. For The Unknown Girl is a detective tale – and also, we gradually come to realize, the story of a haunting.”-Lee Marshall, Screen International

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