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Unknown Girl, The

Director:  Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
Year Released:  2016
Rating:  3.0

Dedicated physician Jenny Davin (Adèle Haenel), in between making house calls for her working class patients, tries to find out the name of an African prostitute who was murdered outside her clinic because she feels guilty she didn't answer the door when the woman was in danger. Although it lacks the complexity of the Belgian brothers' best films - and takes quite a few 'shortcuts' to arrive at its conclusion - even lesser-tier material from them has its rewards: they're addressing the poor treatment/downright abuse of immigrants in Europe and the way everyone ardently sticks to their lies to cover up a crime because the deceased was not 'one of their own.' Haenel is the moral center of the movie, and a sad individual at that: she doesn't have any kind of personal or social life, and pops up to assist those needing it at a moment's notice ... a modern saint, if we still believed in those.

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