The Unknown Woman

The Unknown Woman

The Unknown Woman

Multi award-winning Italian thriller from Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), focusing on the dark world of human trafficking.

Irena is a beautiful young Eastern European woman who arrives in the Italian city of Trieste looking for work. There is a mysterious side to her visit: she rents out an apartment she cannot afford and begins to spy on the affluent couple opposite, and their four year old daughter. Stopping at nothing to become the family's trusted maid and nanny, Irena risks it all to uncover a dark truth about the family...

Best Film, Director, Actress, Music and Cinematographer at the David di Donatello Awards 2007. Best Film (Audience Award) at the European Film Awards 2007. Premiere Prize winner at the Rome Film Fest 2006.
2009Rating: R18, contains violence & sexual violence118 minsItalyItalian with English subtitles
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Reviews & comments

Very enjoyable

Perhaps a bit violent in parts, but an excellent movie about a world most of us would only read about (or see in the movies) thankfully. Well worth going to.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Just under two hours, sumptuously photographed in noirish shades and slathered in spine-tingling music by Ennio Morricone, it twists every which way to sustain suspense until the final frame.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Everyday incidents trigger in Irena alternately sweet and horrific memories, and these become like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle that is completed only when the film concludes, at last revealing its full meaning.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

It’s the toast of the continent and once you’ve watched it, the reason why it is will be anything but a mystery.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Just under two hours, sumptuously photographed in noirish shades and slathered in spine-tingling music by Ennio Morricone, it twists every which way to sustain suspense until the final frame.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Everyday incidents trigger in Irena alternately sweet and horrific memories, and these become like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle that is completed only when the film concludes, at last revealing its full meaning.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

It’s the toast of the continent and once you’ve watched it, the reason why it is will be anything but a mystery.

0

Very enjoyable

Perhaps a bit violent in parts, but an excellent movie about a world most of us would only read about (or see in the movies) thankfully. Well worth going to.

4.0
0