The Unknown Girl (English Subtitled)

6.51 h 46 min2017NR
After a mysterious young woman dies on her doorstep, a guilt-ridden doctor embarks on an obsessive quest to learn the truth about what happened.
Jean-Pierre DardenneLuc Dardenne
Adèle HaenelOlivier BonnaudJérémie Renier
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Louka MinnellaChristelle Cornil
Jean-Pierre DardenneLuc DardenneDenis Freyd
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4.1 out of 5 stars

70 global ratings

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pclaudelReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Belgian doctor devoted to her patients has an emotional crisis
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Another propaganda film about white people—in this case, French-speaking Belgians—who aren't giving away their country and their civilization to immigrants who hate them and hate Christianity fast enough to suit the profiteers and virtue signalers. This film's vivid portrait of people who exploit and people who are exploited manages to invert reality 180 degrees.

People who think that doctors are heroic figures who routinely drop everything to help patients, at all hours of the day and night and even at risk to their own life, will like this film even more than they like Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music. People who in addition think that Europe will be better off when it is more like Nigeria or Pakistan will like this film most of all.
LivingReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Subtle, compelling, reflective mystery
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I tend to like any mystery that leads through obsession to discovery... but this one feels more real than most. It's subtle, understated, and compelling overall. It had me questioning the potential consequences of apparently trivial, moment-to-moment decisions in my own life as well as the symbolic, underlying drives of different professions (e.g. doctors).

*slight spoiler to follow*

I've read that some folks find unconvincing the sudden change of heart of more than one character, which leads them to confess to the central character, Dr. Jenny. In my opinion, Dr. Jenny is so pure/calming/steady that even this is believable. There is a kind of healing that occurs just in creating the space for one to confess. I enjoyed this film. More the second time. Recomendado!
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RhayzzaReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Verified purchase nearly all my reviews get nixed due to some 'sensitivity filter,' but it's Ok to slam typical American taste (I thought it was more of an age thing, the requirements of pizzazz, bells and whistles, but Ok)...but my occasional sardonic quip is a problem...?

Good to know.

Yes, it's slow but I enjoyed how she really immersed herself into her patients; I can understand the gnawing of guilt to drive someone to these great lengths.

I do feel, however, that if she just stated WHY she wanted the girl's name..."I just want something on the stone because I am guilty," would have sufficed. I don't think anyone would be threatened by this. In fact, I'm pretty sure everyone would be bloody thrilled for someone else to take the blame. And of course, we come to find the typical current theme of racism when we find out the culprits.
DMReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dardenne brothers at their finest
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Certainly one of my favorite Dardenne films. Adele Haenel carries this film so brilliantly, allowing the story to unfold under the subtle obsession of Dr Davin. She is one of a dearth of "competent female characters" so missing from modern films, but her abilities are not thrown in our face. You watch the mystery of the girl slowly take over Dr Davin's life bit by bit to the degree that you wonder where the obsession ends and the person begins. Such a great watch.
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FrancineReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heart Warming I LOVE THE MOVIE
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I am a RN and wish other doctors I work with in California Hospital were like this Doctor. I wish she could be my doctor, very caring person.
JakeReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
So very well done. No cheap American gimmicks. ...
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So very well done. No cheap American gimmicks. No special effects. No immediate passion. No characters based on physical beauty. No contrived twists and turns. Simply a solid and credible story told with quiet class and depth. Such a welcome departure from the shallow disposable melodramas so pervasive, currently.
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Kilgore TroutReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Adele Haenel
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Adele Haenel is the entire movie.
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Farina FatimaReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A subtle but magnificent performance by Adèle Haenel
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Very nuanced movie
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