• Ruth

    ★★★½ Watched by Ruth 07 Dec, 2014 2

    Not quite enigmatic or encrypted, but reflecting the fragmentary universes within the very convoluted existence of a social species, and thereby confronting the core epistemological elements of the medium itself, with sometimes bamboozling results. Given the film medium's interrelation with the human species, something Haneke recurringly touches upon, this becomes the film medium's own 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Code Unknown contains countless films. The more you discuss this film, the more you want to see it again. Theoretically, it would…

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  • Thom Loudon

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Thom Loudon 07 Nov, 2014

    Doesn't have the punch of his earlier '71 Fragments' but this is still a disorientating and stunningly disturbing stroll through modern European society Haneke style.

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  • Ben O

    ★★★★ Watched by Ben O 13 Oct, 2014

    As part of my 'Ben's first World Tour' project: Austria

    Though Haneke's movies are never easy to watch, I dont think I've ever struggled as much to latch on than I did with Code Unknown, though I believe that that sort of is the point. I've never been a huge fan of this kind of ensemble drama but Code Unknown is actually very much in its own bracket. Haneke very effectively employs the iris shot to flash in and out…

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  • Ramón Calderón

    Watched by Ramón Calderón 30 Sep, 2014

    A beautifully shot film, with great use of master shots and off-camera elements, that presents a few different stories mixing scenes from them all. The problem I have with the film is that it keeps me interested on the implicit promise that all stories will converge at the end, or at least will come to some independent but meaningful or definitive ending, but neither of those things fully happen. That makes it less appealing, because although some fragments are great…

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  • PezEspada

    Watched by PezEspada 01 Oct, 2014

    En sus grandes momentos está cerca de ser una de las películas que más me han afectado.

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  • alexyoungen

    ★★★★★ Watched by alexyoungen 27 Sep, 2014

    A movie about language and communication vs miscommunication. it is also intrinsically about the language of filmmaking. The questions of 'How does a movie make sense?' and 'Why does a movie make sense?' are profound -- clarity can be an extremely elusive in this regard.

    Code Unknown is a masterpiece.

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  • Lena Houst

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Lena Houst 09 Sep, 2014

    Will make you furiously angry, for either the right or wrong reasons.

    Suffocating indictment of privileged French society, careless of the weak, old or inferior, embracing the young, beautiful and possessive. In context of recent (or ever-present nowadays) shootings of unarmed black men, the first long-take scene is crushing. Admittedly it may make no sense upon first viewing, but feels more conveniently immersive roughly knowing its beats.

    Not sure I've ever hated a Binoche character this much and felt quite fine about that.

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  • ab

    ★★★½ Added by ab

    Part of the TSPDT 25% Challenge

    Haneke is a director famed for his uncompromising vision and provoking, cold, alienating style. It's why he is considered by many as one of the greatest living directors working today, and why he is one of my favourite directors of all time.

    In Code Unknown however, I unfortunately felt a little distanced by what he was trying to do. Like Haneke's previous masterpiece 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, he uses an ensemble…

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  • Adam

    ★★★½ Watched by Adam 03 Jun, 2014

    Still unsure what to make of it but it seems like an experiment in film-making for Haneke, and it works. A somewhat connected series of vignettes that are all beautiful within themselves. Nearly every vignette is composed of a single long-shot that is crafted superbly. Having said that, I'm still not sure what to make of it as a whole. I would still recommend to fans of Haneke's work.

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  • Lee

    ★★★★ Watched by Lee 10 Jul, 2014

    Describing Code Unknown an anthology piece as its physical presentation suggests belittles the power of Haneke’s masterstroke, really. Sequences are displayed initially with no coherent narrative or structure binding them, but gradually the themes explored in each overlap even despite the stark contrast in certain settings. As always with Haneke films, there’s a subtly to proceedings and the director manages to explore dark themes of respect, death, and supremacy without ever bashing it over your head repeatedly. I wasn’t prepared…

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  • inri222

    ★★★★ Watched by inri222 21 Jun, 2014

    Michael Haneke's fractured film about people from different backgrounds and the problems caused by miscommunication between them. Not one of Haneke's best but still a good film with some amazing sequences and a good performance from Juliette Binoche.

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  • Felipe Bascunan

    ★★★★ Added by Felipe Bascunan

    When Michael Haneke begins a movie with a happy character you know you should be worried. The title is accurate, both parts: the code is in fact unknown and every journey in this film is incomplete. In a way, even though the film deliberately does not complete its stories, there is a palpable sense of tragedy by the time it's over. In part, I attribute the remarkable effectiveness of the film to Juliette Binoche's perfect performance as the first happy…

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