Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages)
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Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages)
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. The focus of the narrative is split between three sets of people: the French actress Anne (Juliette Binoche), her husband and in-laws; a Romanian woman, Maria (Luminita Gheorghiu), who struggles to raise money for her family back home; and Amadou (Ona Lu Yenke), a teacher for the deaf who is at odds with his resolute African clan. The catalyst for the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"At the center of the film -- the real reason it was made -- is Binoche, one of the genuinely radiant presences in movies today."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Code Unknown gets at the ache and angst of the human condition in ways that shiver with telling detail and the machinations of real life. It's powerful."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The director toys with the entire idea of unlocking the code of violence, the small and individually insignificant elements that add up to tales of either joy or horror."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Packed with provocative ideas and fragments of provocative ideas."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A truly absorbing drama."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"Awash in ravishing images ... that will haunt you long after you leave the theater."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Beautifully shot and acted, particularly by Juliette Binoche."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Michael Haneke's only attempt to be emotionally salient."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Even if it's a bit 'foreign' and arty, it's also consistently gripping, thoughtful, powerful stuff, assembled in an unusual way that catches us off guard and never preaches."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"This French-language film is fiercely intellectual and thoughtful."
‑ Steve Tilley, Jam! Movies
"Haneke has a sure way with actors -- allowing them to seem to be living rather than acting their roles -- tat matches his ability to capture the rhythms and routines of everyday life with a graceful, unstudied ease."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The wonderful Binoche ... hot-wires what could have been a coldly intellectual film."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"[Haneke's] socio-political condemnations assume an aggressively hectoring tone."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"An interesting concept... [but] one doomed by a lack of characterization, Code Unknown remains a jumble of unknowable elements."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Tackles contemporary cosmopolitan ennui with unfailing sensitivity and perceptiveness, and that more than makes its stories worth knowing."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

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