• 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…


  • 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.


  • 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…


  • fulci420

    Added by fulci420

    Taking a very similar approach to Haneke's earlier work "71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance". That is it is made up of largely unrelated vignettes following the going on's of various characters.

    We open and close with deaf children and right away we are hit with the ambiguous nature of this film. What are they trying to express, and to a larger extent what is Haneke trying to express with these images. While I see clues throughout (the disconnecting…


  • Cliff

    ★★½ Watched by Cliff 28 May, 2014

    Although one of Haneke's lesser works - one of those in which it doesn't feel as though he's making much of a point - Code Unknown has several elements that could've made a great film. Firstly, there's his formal daring, with some lengthy single-take, single-camera mini-dramas that recall his masterful debut, The Seventh Continent. The scene in which Juliette Binoche's Anne is harassed on a Metro train is electrifying, while the 9-minute street scene that introduces most of the main…


  • Rodney Sedgwick

    ★★★★½ Watched by Rodney Sedgwick 25 May, 2014

    ''Is the fragment the aesthetic response to the incomplete nature of our perception?'''
    -Michael Haneke

    Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys

    I am already excited for another viewing!

    Review pending...


  • Audrey Karloff

    ★★★ Watched by Audrey Karloff 25 May, 2014

    Those three stars are a temporary place-holder. Right this minute, I feel like I missed something, and will definitely have to watch it again. I did notice something, though...am I wrong, or between those big ugly cuts was every scene a single shot? I only started noticing that halfway through, but that's what it looked like. I like the technique.


  • Barnaby Walter

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Barnaby Walter 15 May, 2014

    Unnerving and upsetting. Superbly done.

    A note on the viewing: Viewed in Standard Definition on DVD, upscaled to High Definition at 1080p resolution. The upscaled SD image is ok, but the transfer is not great. There are even film-lines and signs of damage; something you wouldn't expect from a film from 2000. Artificial Eye - how about a nice remastered Blu-ray?!


  • Topictag

    ★★★½ Watched by Topictag 10 Apr, 2014

    Vom Leben gelernt: für eine Zugfahrt besser keinen Haneken Film einpacken, wenn man keine misstrauischen Blicke der Mitreisenden auf dem Bildschirm kleben haben möchte.
    Wie das bei Haneken nunmal so ist: der Film ist ein genialer Einblick in die dunkele Seite der Psyche und wie ein Unfall. Man liebt es nicht, aber man kann auch nicht weggucken.

    Code Unknown ist ein Hardcore-Episodenfilm. Mit Sequenzen zwischen 5 und 10 Minuten und harten Cuts auch mal mitten im Satz. Fantastisch gemacht, auch in Hinblick auf das Zusammenspiel der Episoden.


  • niamhbolton

    ★★★ Added by niamhbolton

    Code Unknown was a really interesting film. It was one that I kept trying to predict and make sense of but it never really went the way that I thought it would. Characters had their own stories, problems, and events that they went through. They never really intertwined at all. Some characters were related in some way but their stories never really came together. The ending wasn't really much of an ending. I like that in films, books, and any…


  • Robert Motherwell

    ★★★½ Added by Robert Motherwell

    Filled with clever technical tricks and tracking shots to die for Michael Haneke's "Code Unknown" is another mysterious work made with impeccable craft. While on familiar dramatic territory this film covers the issue of race and class more so than any other film Haneke has made to date. The story is told in non linear fashion from several different character's point of view and each character has unanswered questions through the film. We the audience are left with many unanswered questions. This is not unusual for a Haneke film, but usually the impact is much more intense and thought provoking.


  • Jay_Are

    ★★★★★ Added by Jay_Are

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.