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The Woman in the Fifth (La femme du Vème)

The Woman in the Fifth (La femme du Vème)
  • 2011
  • France/Poland/UK
  • 85 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Written by: Pawel Pawlikowski, Douglas Kennedy
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig
  • UK release: 17 February 2012

Writer Tom (Hawke, understated) arrives in Paris to build bridges with his estranged family, but then his life falls apart – until he meets Margit (Scott Thomas). Some films err by spelling everything out, but Pawlikowski's elegant but baffling feature doesn't offer enough; despite elements of absurdist humour, it's underdeveloped, incomplete and unpersuasive.

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The Woman In The Fifth

23 Jan 20122 stars

Elegant but baffling Paris-set drama starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas

(15) 85mins Hollywood studios are often derided for making simplistic dramas that feel obliged to spell everything out. The Woman In The Fifth errs in the opposite direction, leaving bewildered viewers scratching their heads and trying to figure out…

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