• James Bates

    ★★★★★ Watched by James Bates 06 Feb, 2016

    Incredible film from director Michael Haneke

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  • Diego Borin

    ★★ Watched by Diego Borin 03 Feb, 2016

    Boring, really. A purely rational cinematic experience that is held together by how formally sophisticated it is but ultimately reads as a self-indulgent semiotics exercise. The more interesting reading of the movie is also the most aggressively cosmetic: here are three or so fragmented stories, signifying nothing in particular, nicely shot, with the greatest actress alive to boot.

    Anything beyond that falls fundamentally short of what it was trying to accomplish: it doesn't quite make it as social commentary, nor…

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  • katia_aitak

    ★★★ Rewatched by katia_aitak 03 Feb, 2016

    OK so I basically started this account because I can't keep track of the films I've seen. I find myself renting films or going to film retrospectives that sound amazing. So I bring it home put it in the DVD player and about 10 minutes and I realize I've seen this film. It's crazy how often this happens.

    Case in point Code Unknown. It sounded so great. I love haneke and wondered why haven't I see this before. I'm so excited can't wait and bam! I've seen it before.

    This is a great one on first and second unexpected viewing

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  • samarthbhaskar

    ★★★★½ Watched by samarthbhaskar 31 Jan, 2016

    Michael Haneke's Code Unkown, a title worth remembering while watching the film, is comprised of about 50 loosely connected, but largely unconnected scenes. Each can be described as a long take, with either kinetic movement or terse dialog (rarely combined), each framed with furniture, doorways, street signs, stores or a person framing the view. The acting, especially Juliette Binoche (who is living up to the claim of best living actress in the world in every film I see of hers),…

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  • Adam Cloutier

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Adam Cloutier 30 Jan, 2016

    A perfect film. The long takes are an inherent removal from the material and a constant reminder that we are not seeing reality but a rough idea of what realities people have to face.

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  • Eric Cloutier

    ★★★★½ Watched by Eric Cloutier 31 Jan, 2016

    It seems Haneke too knows the power of the long shot (as in amount of time).

    For more long shots look @ Cosmopolis or all the James Benning I've seen.
    Also Ben Russell does it frecuentemente.

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  • Alper Cugun

    ★★★★★ Watched by Alper Cugun 30 Jan, 2016

    Amazing performances. Perfect companion movie to Caché.

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  • Irimiás and Petrina

    ★★★★★ Watched by Irimiás and Petrina 28 Jan, 2016

    Kind of like a refined 71 Fragments...

    It had been far too long since I had last seen a Haneke film but dear lord he has yet to disappoint me. It's so incredible just how rigorous his filmmaking is. Every beat, every moment every frame feels expertly calculated, and while many say he is cold, this film (along with Amour) should hopefully counteract those claims. Here he finds compassion (as well as hypocrisy) in such a wide variety of characters…

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  • Sean Klaus

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Sean Klaus 29 Jan, 2016

    "Code Unknown" is my second favorite film by Michael Haneke, whom is one of the three greatest living filmmakers in my opinion, also among Xavier Dolan and Lars Von Trier. Its storyline and structure feels reminiscent of Roy Andersson's "The Living Trilogy", especially "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence", with multiple storylines and characters connected loosely through passing relations and interactions, represented through extremely impressive shots that go on for several minutes at a time. The tone,…

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  • Greg Harrington

    ★★★★ Watched by Greg Harrington 28 Jan, 2016

    Oh, Glacial World! - Film #16

    I have to say, this film really grew on me is it progressed. I didn't like it at the start. At all. What with that little fucker Jean being a prick, the first emotion this film managed to drag out of me was one of annoyance. It's not a feeling I like. Cut to a few scenes later. Again, Jean (seriously, fuck that kid). He's back home, with his father, and they're eating beets.…

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  • Chris Hormann

    ★★★★★ Watched by Chris Hormann 24 Jan, 2016

    What we have here is a failure to communicate...

    You've got to hand it to Haneke, he's so fucking boss, that even when he makes a film that doesn't involve violent death and general nastiness, he still wields a unique ability to sow unease amongst the ordinary.

    And whether he is mesmerising us with those amazing tracking shots or focusing on one still shot, you just think to yourself, how can anyone else compare to this master filmmaker? Just in awe of the man.

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  • Max

    ★★★★★ Added by Max

    Michael Haneke is one of those directors whose work you either love or hate. There is no middle ground. If you can get past his trademark coldness and the often preachy messages, the best of his films pack an emotional wallop like no other. Code Unknown is one of his masterpieces. It's an "everyone is connected" movie where the connections aren't easily made, and sometimes intangible. It's a passionate plea for empathy with characters that aren't easy to empathize with.…

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