The Woman in the Fifth

The Woman in the Fifth
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The Woman in the Fifth
United Kingdom, 2011, 84 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Poland
Topics: Crime, Romance, Thriller
Program: Modern Masters
Language: English, French English Sub-Titles

Although the radiant and, in this instance, manifestly mysterious Kristin Scott Thomas is the woman in Paris’s fifth arrondissement, Pawel Pawlikowski’s intriguing psychological thriller really belongs to Ethan Hawke as Tom Ricks, a blocked novelist who’s returned to the City of Light to make amends to his ex-wife and reconnect with his six-year-old daughter. His ex slams the door in his face and calls the police, alerting us to the fact that we may not be getting the whole story just yet, a feeling that only grows after Tom is robbed, forced to take refuge in a seedy hotel, and offered shady employment by the fleapit’s proprietor. Reality slips another notch when the stylish Margit (Scott Thomas), a translator who beds Tom and encourages his writing, begins to play a more sinister role in the increasingly unhinged novelist’s life…. Former documentarist Pawlikowski films the underbelly of Paris with a precision that makes the much-photographed city appear wholly new and much less than enticing, a vision perfectly aligned to a story that is as dark as it is disquietingly menacing.

DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski
Producer: Carolin Benjo, Carole Scotta
Editor: David Charap
Screenwriter: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cinematographer: Ryszard Lenczewski
Music: Max de Wardener
Principal Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Samir Guesmi, Joanna Kulig
Filmography: My Summer of Love (2004), Last Resort (2000)
Print Source: ATO Pictures - www.atopictures.com

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