Monday, February 9, 2015

Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000)

Director: Michael Haneke. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Luminita Gheorghiu. France/Germany/Romania. 118 min. Drama.

Four characters (a French actress, her photographer husband, an Arab music instructor, a Romanian illegal immigrant) whose lives interconnect in strange ways, are told in vignettes, depicting racism and intolerance in modern-day France. The vignettes may or may not be in chronological order, but in many, with a slight change in camera angle or minimal dialogue or character action in the frame, you're surprised at how the essence of the scene suddenly changes. Haneke's mastery at mind games reaches a peak during an extremely tense subway scene towards the end. The entire movie is worth watching that one scene.

PS: Available on Netflix.

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