The Unknown Girl is a thriller-done-right, the French Cinema way

What I always love about a well-made and understated French thriller is how much care the filmmakers place in preserving the realism of the scenes in the movie. The Unknown Girl is part of that noble tradition. The movie take it’s time to show the daily, mundane relate-able gestures in the main character’s  life so that the audiences will go along in the journey and empathize with the repercussions this character experience from events that takes place down the line in the movie. The movie also place no attempt to amp up the suspense level in crucial scenes and just let them unveil in almost real time with the camera acting as a fly in the wall, recording the confrontations in single, uncut takes.
Actress Adéle Haenel is hypnotic to watch because she exude steely confidence and her character project an almost bull-headed determination in trying to right the wrong she might or might not have done to prevent a girl’s death.
I walked out of the movie feeling satisfied to have seen another well-made French thriller that is a polar opposite of the adrenaline-fueled, and amp-ed up Hollywood version.
It’s worth noting that this movie is directed by the two acclaimed directors who are brothers, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.
They previously made the following award winning and Oscar nominated films such as: Two Days One Night, The Kid With a Bike, L’enfant, and Rosetta.

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