Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages)
Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000)

German-born filmmaker Michael Haneke continues the bleak, formalist experimentation of his 1994 breakthrough 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance with this similarly fragmented tale of racism, intolerance, and hatred in modern-day Paris.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though challengingly cryptic at times, Code Unknown still manages to resonate.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The violence, in short, remains unseen, but that makes it no easier to bear; what lurks and wails behind a wall is, for Haneke, the most reliable wellspring of dread.

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David Rooney

All this unrelenting bleakness would be fine if it went someplace interesting, but the film's themes never coalesce into anything beyond basic existential angst.

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Daniel Etherington

Code Unknown is an unusual example of a movie that is socially aware, but that is thankfully equally aware of how tiresome moralising and preaching can be.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A procession of long virtuoso takes that typically begin and end in the middle of actions or sentences, constituting not only an interactive jigsaw puzzle but a thrilling narrative experiment.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Despite the film's Bressonian rigours, its emotional force should finally give the lie to Haneke's reputation as a coldly academic film-maker.

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Peter Bradshaw

This film, from Austrian director Michael Haneke, is one of the most uncompromisingly difficult and challenging of the year.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

A searing, structurally ingenious look at racial tension on the streets of Paris.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Code Unknown is a film that will thrill connoisseurs of alienation and loneliness, and I say that with the utmost sincerity.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

If some of the political theorising is somewhat naive and the direction is occasionally manipulative, the acting, particularly from Juliette Binoche, is superb.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
An intelligent, post-structuralist narrative exercise that, shot in a series of single-take fragments, plays with the structural codes that form the basis of… More
Mark Abell
A strange tale, if indeed it can be called that. The subtitle, "Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys" sums it up pretty well. Juliette Binoche was… More
Anthony Lawrie
Code Unknown is a relatively subtle piece considering it's from Haneke, just when you think it is going to go down the somewhat cliched 'Chaos… More
Daniel Parsons
An engrossing, cleverly constructed film from Michael Haneke (<i>Hidden</i>, <i>The Piano Teacher</i>). Since Haneke continually refuses… More
Ken Stachnik
Very complex intertwining stories about life in modern society. Sort of like Crash, only for Adults.
William Goss
Well-acted, feels plenty real, but is emotionally inert.

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