• Jimmy

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Jimmy 26 Sep, 2015 2

    this is a movie which not only deserves repeat viewings but demands them in order to appreciate its power. it's an expertly crafted, and intentionally incomplete, view at the impossibility of communication and the difficulties of living in a multicultural society.


  • Patrick Mulcahy

    ★★★ Watched by Patrick Mulcahy 26 Jan, 2002

    Double bill with The Piano Teacher. Not as good. Seen at Riverside Studios Cinema in Hammersmith, the home of double bills.


  • Cole Schneider

    ★★★★ Watched by Cole Schneider 23 Aug, 2015

    Shows our lack of multiculturalism, communication, and empathy in such naturalistic and engaging ways. Plus Juliette Binoche.


  • Austin Araujo

    ★★★★½ Watched by Austin Araujo 23 Aug, 2015

    I've never seen something that could keep me that engaged without really telling me a story. The most clear cut narrative in the movie is being shot by a fictional camera.


  • Lornimouse

    ★★★★ Watched by Lornimouse 22 Aug, 2015

    Incomplete stories. Long shots. Short snippets of multiple characters. The movie centers around a scuffle between a young black man and a young white man on the street. The young black man has seen the other throwing an empty paper bag into the lap of a woman begging. The film then follows the key participants in the incident and the people they live with. The young black man is arrested, he is the son of refugees. The woman who was…


  • Brian Wade

    ★★★★★ Added by Brian Wade

    Suffused with overawing dourness, Code Unknown offers an unrelentingly bleak view of the world and the fractured and disjointed nature of human existence. So textbook Haneke, then. Flipping the fractal narrative on its head, he posits that, though even our minor actions can have great ramifications, their ultimate service is to alienate.

    A series of tethered vignettes, comprising of long takes, creatively devised and shot, it breeds a skepticism for the modes of conventional editing; when the film reverts briefly…


  • Elliot Fane

    ★★★½ Watched by Elliot Fane 12 Aug, 2015

    The direction of this film is easily the main highlight and I can happily say that Haneke is one of the most dedicated and perfectionist directors I've seen! The performances and camerawork are very good at conveying a real world that has several stories that collide. Despite this, I don't think it gets that much across to the audience other than that they are stories that characters have. But still a good watch!


  • Webb_Traverse

    ★★★★½ Watched by Webb_Traverse 03 Aug, 2015

    Feels like a more experimental, paradoxically shambolic and precise, version of what Haneke was doing with Cache and The White Ribbon. Namely an expose of the ways in which we misinterpret signals through our own biases, misunderstandings, and general lack of awareness. It's frankly perfect in that regard, save for certain scenes with the Malian family that feel somewhat, if deservedly, on the nose.


  • creamy

    ★½ Watched by creamy 04 Aug, 2015

    Code Unknown is a tired, dull watch that serves as an unnecessary retread of the ground that was already covered in Haneke's previous '71 Fragments...'.

    The irony here, of course, is that 71 Fragments was a slog to get through in the first place. Naive audiences lapped it up, accepting and revering its poor pacing, lack of message and mute visuals as some sort of damage control for the two hours of their wasted lives.

    Haneke plays the same trick…


  • sedna

    ★★★½ Watched by sedna 01 Aug, 2015

    Upon finishing it, as with his other films I've seen in the past 3 days, I was left kind of dumbfounded because with Haneke, you really have to think beyond the surface. But the opening and ending shots really puts it all in perspective. The ineptitude of people to calmly listen, understand, and communicate with each other in order to resolve conflicts and the chain of events it leads to.

    The interesting thing for me with Haneke is how I'm…


  • Jeremy White

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jeremy White 31 Jul, 2015

    Code Unknown is Haneke's most fascinating film. It's essentially a mystery, but the mystery here is not part of the movie like in Cache. In other words, it's not a whodunit. It lies instead in the film's structure and the intention and motivation of the characters. The film deals with a number of issues, including social inequality, race, communication, etc., but Haneke leaves it up to the viewer to figure things out. Code Unknown may remind viewers of Babel or…


  • Arthur Azir

    ★★★★★ Added by Arthur Azir

    Antes de Paul Haggis ter dirigido 'Crash', Michael Haneke nos entregou essa obra-prima. Mas esta consegue ser ainda mais profunda: uma análise da incapacidade do ser humano e a própria ineficiência de agir em determinadas ocasiões.