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The movie follows the lives of many people living in France -- an immigrant taxi driver who returns to his homeland. A Romanian woman who faces deportation. A young boy fleeing life on a farm. An Arab heckles people on a subway. A young black man who can't understand why people are so disrespectful to a woman on the street. And a young actress who simply seems to be struggling with her boyfriend. These people bump into one another, and their lives brush for brief instants that change everything.
"Code: Unknown" is not an easy film to get into. Its fragmented story is made up of dozens of little scenes, which are sometimes cut off in mid-sentence. What's more, there are certain scenes (like Binoche and an old lady walking through a cemetary, or a boy riding his bike away from a farm) that may seem dull at first glance.
Certainly Haneke's filmmaking is unique. There is no soundtrack at all; in some scenes, all you can hear are cars and footsteps. Each scene is filmed in one long continuous take, which adds to the ultra-realistic feel of the film -- it's unadorned, lacking in drama, gritty and sometimes a bit tedious, like real life. And Haneke's directorial skill is at its best when communicating how alienated and alone these people are -- for example, Binoche on a stage, speaking wistfully to a nonexistant audience.
The acting ranges from silly to superb.Read more ›
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I'll keep this brief, as I feel like I've already wasted too much time on this movie as is. Turgid, pretentious, and relentlessly grim. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by M. Lepera
This review refers to the Kino Video DVD(2002)edition of "Code Unknown...Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys".... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by L. Shirley
If ever the phrase "don't judge a book (insert DVD) by its COVER" had any meaning, it would apply to this film. Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by Richard L Howell
It is rare when watching a film, to see reality realistically depicted. Code Unknown is one of those rarities. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002
This vague yet engaging film combines several different stories at once,fading from one persons
life to anouther,without,what it seems,any real structure. Read more
Despite the number of good reviews (some fervent) this film has received, I'm afraid the emperor has no clothes. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002
This is wonderful, innovative film that combines multiple story lines and characters in a method that seems jarring but that has a finer interrelation of lives in mind than the... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by APC Reviews
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