The Unknown Woman

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  • Summary: A Russian woman named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of a young, affluent Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple’s trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about theA Russian woman named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of a young, affluent Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple’s trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about the family. Like an intricately constructed jigsaw puzzle, The Unknown Woman reveals piece by piece the enigma of Irena’s past. (Outsider Pictures) Expand

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 90
    The final act is all but guaranteed to astonish and satisfy. See this movie.
  2. 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.
  3. Russian-born Xenia Rappoport gives it her tragic-heroine all as an abused Ukraine prostitute-turned-sneaky housemaid in Italy in The Unknown Woman.
  4. The film is flat-out gorgeous and contains moments of sheer lunacy.
  5. Ms. Rappoport’s sturdy performance helps keep this outlandish melodrama from collapsing into unintended comedy.
  6. Rappoport is a powerhouse performer but the movie is an unstable concoction of political melodrama, film noir, and weepie.
  7. 20
    Repellent piece of garbage.

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