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Code Unknown (Code Inconnu)

Code Unknown (Code Inconnu)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Luminita Gheorgiu, Ona Lu Yenke. Dir: Michael Haneke

year: 2000

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Michael Haneke

runtime: 117

Written and directed by Michael Haneke, Code Unknown is a complex film of powerful emotional force. The lives of a struggling film actress, a Kosovo War photographer, his wayward brother, a Romanian beggar and an African emigrant come crashing together after a fateful event on a Parisian street corner. We are taken more closely into the lives of each of the participants in a manner that challenges our perceptions and questions the real and imagined borders between people.
Juliette Binoche is in her best performance in this masterpiece of modern cinema painting a multi-perspective portrait of Western Europe. A film to see.

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