The Unknown Girl, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2016)
"[W]hat lends the movie its vast scope and its deep resonance is the exquisite and tragic psychological insight on which it runs and the brilliant simplicity with which the Dardenne brothers realize it"
It's a few minutes after closing time in a medical clinic in Seraing, Belgium. The buzzer rings. Doctor Jenny (Adèle Haenel) tells her assistant to ignore it. She is later informed that the girl she turned away was found dead on the riverside. From that moment, Jenny becomes a different kind of doctor, diagnosing not just her dispossessed patients' illnesses but also the greater malady afflicting her community.
A different kind of movie for Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, in which urgency pulses beneath a seemingly placid surface, The Unknown Girl premiered in Competition at Cannes and opens this week in NYC— playing at both Lincoln Plaza and IFC.