Review of The Unknown Girl at the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) #mysff

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Review by Marijke

The Unknown Girl is a French film with English subtitles.  How does a doctor deal with the fact that she turned away an undocumented person and then finds out that this unnamed girl ends up dead ?  The great cinematography shows most of the scenes using side shots of the actors—which gives the audience a more realistic feel to the unfolding story, instead of using the more unnatural frontal shots that many directors insist on using.

As the doctor goes on her mission to finding, what the identity of this girl is, she encounters and has to deal with doctor confidentiality with some of the characters with whom she has conversations with while unraveling this mystery.  The plot thickens, as many of the characters are intertwined by interactions that they had with The Unknown Girl.  Yet the ending is up for grabs, and the audience is left satisfied with the results.

Certainly not your average medical shows that we generally get to see here on this side of the pond.  A must see movie that will give you some insight into the internal turmoil that doctors must face with patient confidentiality and also how doctors can be very persuasive, in a gentle manner to get down to the bottom of things.

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Jenny (Adèle Haenel) is a young doctor in Belgium conflicted over a professional change but devoted to helping people. That devotion is called into question when it’s revealed that Jenny was unaware of a young woman trying unsuccessfully to enter the hospital where Jenny works. When the girl winds up dead, Jenny becomes obsessed with piecing together what happened and why. The Dardennes brothers’ latest is a moving drama that tracks the disquieting nature of accidents and the emotional depths of empathy.

Section:    Spotlight
Genre:    Narrative
English Title:    THE UNKNOWN GIRL
Original Title:    LA FILLE INCONNUE
Category:    Narrative Feature
Internal Film Info
Internal Category:    Narrative Feature
Release Year:    2016
Runtime:    113 minutes
Type of Film:    Narrative Feature
Production Country:    Belgium
Original Language:    French
Subtitles:    Yes
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:    Adèle Haenel
Olivier Bonnaud
Jérémie Renier
Louka Minnella
Director:    Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Produced By:    Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Luc Dardenne
Denis Freyd

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