The Woman in the Fifth
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American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don't go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet.
Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. Their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events... as if an obscure power was taking control of his life. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""The Woman in the Fifth" leaves so many holes unfilled that instead of ending up intriguing, it's just plain frustrating."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The movie casts such a seductive air of mystery that the resolution feels anticlimactic, yet there's plenty to enjoy along the way, particularly Hawke's nuanced lead performance as a quiet man with secrets of his own."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Though it's disguised as a "thriller," there's a good deal more than thrills to savor and ponder in The Woman in the Fifth."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The last fifth of "Fifth" is pretty unsatisfying. But the rest of it is tense, intelligent fun."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Ethan Hawke gives a standout bilingual performance in this low-key psychological thriller."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Those who prefer tidy, "Murder, She Wrote" closure are advised to shop elsewhere."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"When do we first sense reality slip away? Do we? Can the film be accepted on its own terms? Can the point of view be trusted?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A dark testimonial to the notion of artistic bloom and creative salvation through misery -- an intellectually engaging puzzle box, a movie that happily dances about on both literal and metaphorical planes."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"An arresting film but ultimately an unsatisfying one, creating an effectively menacing mood but not delivering much dramatic punch, especially in a disappointing final twist."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Reveal too much and you've done all the heavy lifting for the audience. Reveal too little and they're left scratching their heads. The Woman in the Fifth will leave you very itchy indeed."
‑ Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
"A thankless lead vehicle for Ethan Hawke who's left largely stranded by writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski's opaque adaptation of Douglas Kennedy's novel."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It is guaranteed to haunt you for awhile."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Too many questions are left unaddressed, much less unanswered, in its rush to a meager non-payoff."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"[Mostly slow, this film at least] has some absorbing moments of strange sexuality, haunt and mystery."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"The Woman in the Fifth leaves a tantalizing trail of breadcrumbs only to lead us last breadcrumb."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
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