Synopsis

Renowned Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night) continue their empathetic examinations of the compromises faced by everyday people in their psychologically complex new drama The Unknown Girl. Rising French actor Adèle Haenel (Water Lilies, Les Combattants) stars as Jenny Davin, a talented doctor who refuses to open the door of her practice to a mysterious late-night caller. The next morning, she learns that the caller was a girl who has been found dead, and that the police have no way of identifying 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 - to ensure she doesn’t disappear as if she had never lived. Playing intelligently with the traits of traditional detective dramas, The Unknown Girl is another characteristically engaging social commentary from the two-time Palme d’Or winning Dardenne brothers - and a morally astute and compelling investigation of personal responsibility, justice and compassion.

Director

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Cast

Adèle Haenel: Jenny Davin Olivier Bonnaud: Julien Jérémie Renier: Bryan's father Louka Minnella: Bryan Christelle Cornil: Bryan's mother Nadege Ouedraogo: Cashier at the cybercafe Olivier Gourmet: Lambert Junior Pierre Sumkay: Old Lambert Yves Larec: Doctor Habran Ben Hamidou: Inspector Ben Mahmoud Laurent Caron: Inspector Bercaro Fabrizio Rongione: Doctor Riga


Crew

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne: Writers / directors / producers Alain Marcoen: Director of Photography Marie-Hélène Dozo: Editor Denis Freyd: Producer

Details

Original title: La fille inconnue Production year: 2016 DVD catalogue number: ART812DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART201BD

Awards

Official competition, Cannes 2016




Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Drama

DIRECTOR: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

CAST:
Adèle Haenel: Jenny Davin
Olivier Bonnaud: Julien
Jérémie Renier: Bryan's father
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CREW:
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne: Writers / directors / producers
Alain Marcoen: Director of Photography
Marie-Hélène Dozo: Editor
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DURATION: 113 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Belgium

AWARDS:
Official competition, Cannes 2016

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  • “A perceptive portrait of professional integrity under pressure”

    Simon Kinnear, Total Film


  • “Another quietly powerful masterpiece... a wholly gripping narrative told with understated eloquence”

    Saskia Baron, The Arts Desk


  • “Film of the week... Haenel’s subtle performance delicately expresses Jenny’s smallest flickers of concern, fear or pleasure, and gradually turns an initially unprepossessing character into a figure of intense sympathy”

    Hannah McGill, Sight & Sound


  • “Harnessed by a thought-provoking, socially-aware rhythm, and a tremendous performance from Adèle Haenel, this exhilaratingly realist thriller plays out on a knife-edge”

    Chris Haydon, Filmoria


  • “Dardennes imbue the film with such a level of humanity and an understanding of people that the film is at points intensely moving”

    Joseph Owen, The Upcoming


  • “Her compelling performance here suggests that young French actress Adèle Haenel’s star is in the ascendant”

    Lee Marshall, Screen

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Adèle Haenel

Interview with The Guardian

The Dardennes

Interview with Financial Times

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