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The Unknown Girl

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
La fille inconnue
Belgium, France  2016 / 113’

Jenny is an ambitious young doctor who spent many years working at a clinic in the impoverished suburbs. Soon, however, she is supposed to take up a better-paying and more prestigious position at a reputable hospital. Following her shift one night, her doorbell rings, but she decides not to answer it. The next day, she finds out that a young girl was killed near her office, the same girl who had rung her doorbell just a few hours earlier. From that moment on, Jenny makes it her priority in life to discover the identity of the girl to make sure that she is not buried in an anonymous grave. The Dardenne brothers use a very limited budget and an extremely realistic form, as they typically do, to create a poignant social drama about the difficult, everyday existence of the poor, the tragic fate of refugees looking for happiness in Western Europe, and about the vocation and the dilemmas of the medical profession. The film's crowning achievement is Adèle Haenel in the role of the doctor. We are certain to hear much more about this talented French actress in the future.

Katarzyna Wolanin

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

The Dardenne brothers-Jean-Pierre (1951-) and Luc (1954-)-are French directors, producers, and screenwriters. While they began their career in the 1970s, they did not attract the attention of international critics until two decades later with their film La Promesse (1996). Three years after that, their film Rosettacaptured a Palme d'Or at Cannes. They have been strengthening their position ever since and adding to their awards collection. They like working with amateur actors. Their films are minimalistic and socially oriented.

Selected filmography

1999 Rosetta

2002 Syn / Le fils / The Son

2008 Milczenie Lorny / L'silence du Lorna / The Silence of Lorna

2011 Chłopiec na rowerze / Le gamin au vélo / The Kid with a Bike

2014 Dwa dni, jedna noc / Deux jours, une nuit / Two Days, One Night

Cast & Crew

director Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
screenplay Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
cinematography Benoît Dervaux
editing Marie-Hélène Dozo
music Jean-Pierre Duret
cast Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella, Ben Hamidou
producer Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
production A Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35, Savage Film, France 2 Cinéma, VOO
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language French
colouration colour