The Woman in the Fifth (La femme du Vème)

The Woman in the Fifth (La femme du Vème)
  • 2011
  • France / Poland / UK
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Written by: Pawel Pawlikowski, Douglas Kennedy
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig
  • UK release: 17 February 2012

Writer Tom (Hawke, understated) arrives in Paris to build bridges with his estranged family, but then his life falls apart – until he meets Margit (Scott Thomas). Some films err by spelling everything out, but Pawlikowski's elegant but baffling feature doesn't offer enough; despite elements of absurdist humour, it's underdeveloped, incomplete and unpersuasive.

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