In both quality and subject matter, the Dardenne Brothers are among the most consistent auteurs in the world. Every few years you can expect the Belgian filmmaking duo to premiere a film about marginalized characters’ struggles at Cannes, where its quiet transcendence will bring tears to hardened critics’ eyes and win prizes. (The Dardennes are among a very select few who have been awarded the Palme d’Or more than once.) Their latest Croisette premiere is “The Unknown Girl,” which you can watch three clips from now.
Adèle Haenel of “House of Tolerance” stars in the film, which concerns a doctor who doesn’t answer the door at her practice when the doorbell rings after hours one night. The next day, she learns that a woman died nearby and blames herself. The first clip has no subtitles, the second shows Haenel’s character talking to the police and the third shows her getting run off the road by two men who demand to speak to her.
The Dardennes’ most recent film “Two Days, One Night,” debuted at Cannes in 2014 and netted Marion Cotillard an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. They won the Palme d’Or in both 1999 and 2005 for “Rosetta” and “L’enfant,” respectively, while “Lorna’s Silence” won Best Screenplay in 2008 and “The Kid with a Bike” won the Grand Prix (second place) three years later. Sundance Selects acquired “The Unknown Girl” for stateside distribution ahead of the festival, though no release date has been announced.
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