The Woman in the Fifth

American novelist Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) arrives in Paris, tries to get in touch with his estranged family, rents a room in a shabby place… and meets a mysterious woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) who lives in the fifth arrondissement. Roman Polanski might as well have served as a consultant on this project; the environs, claustrophobic atmosphere and the psychological theme are reminiscent of Polanski thrillers. The movie leaves some of its mysteries unsolved, which is not a problem. Its leisurely pace and lack of memorable moments are though.

2012-France-Poland-Britain. 84 min. Color. Written and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Novel: Douglas Kennedy. Cast: Ethan Hawke (Tom Ricks), Kristin Scott Thomas (Margit), Joanna Kulig (Ania), Samir Guesmi, Delphine Chuillot.

Trivia: French title: La femme du Vème.

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