La Fille inconnue


The Unknown Girl

France, Belgium

2016 , 113 min.

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Philippe Logie, Bart Van Langendonck
Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier
Lithuanian, English

Jenny Davin, a young doctor (Adèle Haenel) runs a medical clinic on the outskirts of Liege. Late one night, someone buzzes on the clinic door but she restrains her colleague from opening it as it’s already after hours. The next day Jenny learns from the police that the buzz came from a young woman in need of help who was found dead. The police have no way to identify the girl, and, feeling guilty, Jenny decides to discover the name of the young girl so that she wouldn’t be buried in an anonymous grave as if she had never lived.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the famous Dardenne brothers, are Belgian directors famous for combining the mastery of cinema with the themes of social injustice. In 1999 their film Rosetta won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2005 they won the prestigious award a second time for their film The Child. Their film The Kid with a Bike won the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.