A young doctor’s guilt compels her to action in the Dardenne brothers’ (Two Days, One Night) latest humanist drama, filmed in their signature social realist style. The day after she refuses an after-hours patient entry to her surgery, Jenny (Adèle Haenel) learns that the unidentified African woman has been found dead nearby. Determined to uncover the circumstances around the case, Jenny begins a potentially dangerous investigation into the woman’s background. A gripping procedural, The Unknown Girl asks pertinent questions about personal and social responsibility. (Notes by David O’Mahony)
Director’s note: Structured like a procedural investigation the Dardennes scrutinise guilt and innocence in this meticulously built moral drama.
Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2016.