La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman)
La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman) (2008)

A Ukrainian woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of an Italian family.

Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: May 30, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: If it's occasionally manipulative, this Italian melodrama mixes thriller conventions with a poignant love story and keeps the tension rolling from start to finish.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Tornatore, best known for Cinema Paradiso, has meticulously crafted a story that's at times so raw it hurts to watch. Its action blends piercingly lit flashbacks and dream sequences with a gray, prosaic present in an unnamed Italian city.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Plays like a cross between Hitchcock and tabloid feminism, a mix that shouldn't work and doesn't.

Full review…
Christopher Null

a movie that's almost impossible to get out of your head.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The Unknown Woman falters when it falls into exploitation and fatal contrivance.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A spellbinder with a lot of Hitchcock touches and an Ennio Morricone score to match.

Full review…
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un intenso y atrapante thriller con algo de melodrama que bien podría haber dirigido Brian de Palma.

Full review…
Deborah Young

The film has major problems blending the strong social theme of exploitation and white slavery with Tornatore's noirish screenplay, full of holes and improbabilities.

Full review…
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The whole movie hangs on the gradual unraveling of the central mystery and is made with the expectation that the audience is fascinated and hanging on every tidbit. But Tornatore overplays his hand.

Full review…
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Tornatore's instincts for crafting a stylish, nonlinear thriller are indisputable. But he's not yet a master, and at times you'll feel cheated even as you anticipate the next disquieting scene.

Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
For me, it turned out to be an average thriller, with okay performances. That you can see the twist coming was not as much a problem as its pacing. Relatively… More
Stefanie C
a disturbing and sad mystery. strong performances by kseniya rappoport and margherita buy. not the worst tonrnatore movie, but definitely missing the trademark… More
Cynthia S.
I found this movie a little odd. A little disturbing. A little confusing....and just not very well written, in my opinion. Too many loose ends, also.
Randy Tippy
Giuseppe Tornatore's <i>Cinema Paradiso</i> is one of my all-time favorite films so, from the beginning, I had high expectations for… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Tornatore shaking off the etiquette of sensible coming of age storyteller with this insidious and violent intrigue with traces of giallo and the unavoidable… More
Dean McKenna
Really interesting thriller-psychology Italian film about an Ukranian woman escaped the brutality of enslaved brothel life to take up a new one as the nanny to… More