The Unknown Woman

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Read about this film in Cyn Collins’s Daily Planet review, “21 films in 11 days.”

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Director: GIUSEPPE TORNATORE

Legendary Italian director Tornatore (Cinema Paradisio, Malena) returns with this tough noir thriller, a Best Film winner at the European Film Awards.

The titular woman is Irina, a Ukrainian immigrant working as a house cleaner in Italy. As she ingratiates herself to her latest employers, the film reveals flashes of a brutal and ugly back story that sheds light on Irina’s possible ulterior motives. Tornatore employs an impeccable supporting cast, a classic Ennio Morricone score and a vivid, Kubrickian visual style to make this Unknown unforgettable. “Rappoport shows an impressive ability to keep the audience on her side. Her Irina qualifies as one of the most deeply nuanced film portraits of a woman who has lived through hell.” – Variety

ITALY • 2006 • 118 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: GIUSEPPE TORNATORE