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: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% 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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Valeriy Kolyadych

It's a great entry point to his filmography, serving as a good example of Haneke's visual and thematic style.

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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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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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An intelligent and post-structuralist narrative exercise that, shot in a series of single-take fragments, plays with the structural codes that form the basis of… 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.
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
Marcus Woolcott
An intriguing experiment that is sadly too bleak and dull to retain interest.