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Code Inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (2000)

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Original Title : Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages
Director : Michael Haneke
Writer : Michael Haneke
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Yvon Crenn , Christoph Holch , Marin Karmitz , Thilo Kleine , Titi Popescu , Alain Sarde , Michael Weber
Music : Giba Gonçalves
Photography : Jürgen Jürges
Distributor : Artificial Eye
IMDB ID : 0216625
Official site : http://www.atalantafilmes.pt/2001/codigo/index.htm
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Code Inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (2000) - Michael Haneke
 

Starring

Juliette Binoche Anne Laurent
Thierry Neuvic Georges
Josef Bierbichler The Farmer (as Sepp Bierbichler
Alexandre Hamidi Jean
Maimouna Hélène Diarra Aminate
Ona Lu Yenke Amadou
Djibril Kouyaté The Father
Luminita Gheorghiu Maria
Crenguta Hariton Irina (as Crenguta Hariton Stoica
Bob Nicolescu Dragos
Bruno Todeschini Pierre
Paulus Manker Perrin
Didier Flamand The Director
Walid Afkir The Young Arab (as Walide Afkir
Maurice Bénichou The Old Arab
Carlo Brandt Henri
Philippe Demarle Paul
Marc Duret The Policeman
Arsinée Khanjian Francine
Florence Loiret Amadou's Friend
Nathalie Richard Mathilde
Andrée Tainsy Mrs. Becker
Elisabeth Marceul Child
Melissande Zeddam Child
Brandon Croteau Child
Sonia Chauvelin Child
Baptiste Gintzburger-Batle Child
Sarah Agogue Tasse Child
Alexandra Croteau Child
Jerome Ferreira Child
Melanie Lhote Child
José Marques Child
Guessi Diakite-Goumdo Salimata
Jean-Yves Chatelais Shop Owner
Laurent Suire Policeman
Féodor Atkine Man in Taxi (voice
Malick Bowens Witch Doctor
Ioan Marian Boris Nicu
Monica Popa Nuta
Ada Navrot Florica
Giba Gonçalves Percussion Teacher
Dominique Douret David
Tsuyu Shimizu David's Friend (as Tsuyu Bridwell
Antoine Mathieu Restaurant Waiter
Constantin Barbulescu Mihai Popa
Domeke Meite Demba
Marany Fofana Youssouf's Sister
Aïssa Maïga Black Girl with Blonde Hair
Costel Cascaval Man in the Garden
Sandu Mihai Gruia Group Leader
Daniel Dublet Uncle
Boris Napes Father in Cemetery
Isabelle Pietra Mother in Cemetery
Cristina Ioanidis Tatiana
Ion Haiduc Man in Squat
Guillaume Morvilliers Pierrot
Pascal Loison Jolly Man
Irina Lubtchansky Camera Assistant
 

Plot

Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father, he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges, who's away covering the war in Kosovo. Angry, he throws a bag of half-eaten pastry into a beggar's lap. Amadou, a young Franco-African, berates him. The police arrive, arrest Amadou and deport the beggar. Georges's girlfriend Anne is upset, it colors her relationship with Georges when he returns from the war. Separate lives intersect for the one moment, around the pastry bag, and all are altered. We follow each as repercussions of the incident play out. Deaf children bookend the film pantomiming words, feelings, and situations: what they are expressing?
 

Comments

Pure Art-house with No Apology, 15 April 2005 Author: singlesimon03 from France "Code Inconnu" is an utterly original, even revolutionary piece from the Austrian director who continually refuses to compromise and pander to an audience.Many of the reviews on this site focus on the coherence of the film and suggest that the film lacks meaning or narrative, or even that the film is a failure because it is not easily comprehended. This is untrue and deeply unfair."Code Inconnu" is not an immediate film. Indeed it may take several viewings to really come to grips with the meaning of the film - certainly there is not a single definitive meaning. For many film viewers when the basic linear narrative is remote. Again this adds to the view that the meaning of this obscured film is pointless. However this is more a reflection of the viewer and of audience expectation than of this film.In a series of free standing vignettes Haneke has fashioned a moral conundrum without an answer. Much like in life itself. But rather than searching for meaning or answers Haneke is daring us to confront the questions themselves. The themes here are obviously about racism and reality, but also conscience and the consequence of our actions. By linking his separate characters initially Haneke points out that we are tenuously linked to people by uncontrollable events. By setting his film in Parisian streets, Hanekes film becomes recognizable of all our lives.The central performance from Binoche is equally ambiguous, again this adds to the strength of the piece, but also the difficulty inherent in it.The best way to view this film is as a series of questions which have no easy answer. The code is indeed unknown. By viewing each episode as a single moral conundrum the film takes on a very interesting and worthwhile dimension.