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The Unknown Woman(La sconosciuta)

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Italy, France · 2006
Rated R · 1h 58m
Director Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring Kseniya Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini, Pierfrancesco Favino
Genre Thriller

In this psychological thriller, a Ukrainian woman with a dark secret moves to Italy seeking housekeeping work. When she is hired by a wealthy family, she slowly insinuates herself into their lives-- but it's not enough to keep her past from catching up to her.

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Chicago Reader by Andrea Gronvall

The melodrama form allows Tornatore to examine such current issues as human trafficking and black-market babies within a yarn that, for all its sentiment, is never less than gripping.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

It's an exceptionally well-made example of the kind of delirious, semi-Gothic, overcooked melodrama filmmakers from the Boot have long specialized in.


Variety by Deborah Young

Brings peaks of violence and suspense to the vivid story of a young East European prostitute-turned-cleaning lady intent on carrying out a mysterious mission in Italy.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Sweet, however, are the uses of melodrama in the skilled hands of Tornatore, for he transcends the lurid and the coincidental with range, depth and insight, and a bold, confident, suspenseful style, to create a fable of love and redemption.


San Francisco Chronicle by Mick LaSalle

The movie's one flaw is this: The whole movie hangs on the gradual unraveling of the central mystery and is made with the expectation that the audience is fascinated and hanging on every tidbit.

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